Erin R. Morgan, MS; Anthony Gomez, BS; Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH; Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD
Acknowledgment: The authors thank personnel at Public Health—Seattle & King County and the Washington State Department of Health for their contributions. They also thank the directors and leadership of the local and state public health departments for their dedicated support and encouragement.
Financial Support: State-added questions on firearms were funded by Clark County Public Health, Kitsap Public Health District, Public Health—Seattle & King County, Snohomish Health District, Spokane Regional Health District, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and the Washington State Department of Health. This study was funded by Grandmothers Against Gun Violence. Data from the BRFSS are made available by the Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and supported in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cooperative agreements U58/SO000047-3 , U58/DP006066-01 , and NU58/DP006066-02-02 ).
Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M18-3698.
Reproducible Research Statement:Study protocol: Available at www.doh.wa.gov/DataandStatisticalReports/DataSystems/BehavioralRiskFactorSurveillanceSystemBRFSS. Statistical code: Available from Ms. Morgan (e-mail, email@example.com). Data set: Available from https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/opinio/s?s=BRFSSDataOrderForm.
Table 1. Demographic Characteristics of Washington Residents Aged 65 Years or Older, by Household Firearm Ownership and Storage Practices*
Table 2. Prevalence of Suicide Risk Factors and Indicators of Memory Loss, by Household Firearm Ownership and Storage Practices*
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Salem Medical Center
April 19, 2019
"Safe" firearm storage
The authors evidence a bias in their definition of what constitutes "safe" gun storage. If an individual chooses to own a firearm for the reason of protection of themselves/their family and their property then storing a firearm unloaded and locked away renders it useless for that purpose. If someone chooses to own a firearm for that reason - which is perfectly valid and legal - then it is perjorative to them to suggest that they are not storing their firearms in as "safe" a manner as other firearm owners. This is what is explicitly stated in the article and it is inappropriate. The true definition of "safe" is a subjective one that depends on the individual firearm owner's situation and personal beliefs/choices.
Morgan ER, Gomez A, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A. Household Firearm Ownership and Storage, Suicide Risk Factors, and Memory Loss Among Older Adults: Results From a Statewide Survey. Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 16 April 2019]:. doi: 10.7326/M18-3698
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