Flaws in study of firearm possession and risk for assault.

  title={Flaws in study of firearm possession and risk for assault.},
  author={Garen J. Wintemute},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  volume={100 6},
          967-8; author reply 968-9
  • G. Wintemute
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Psychology
  • American journal of public health
The study by Branas et al.1 contains errors in design and execution that make it difficult to determine the meaning of their findings. Their study assessed risk for being assaulted and then shot, a compound outcome event whose second element (being shot) is not inevitable given the first (being assaulted). Persons who were assaulted but not shot are not studied. We do not know whether any association between firearm possession and their outcome measure applies to assault, to being shot given… 
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