Many Guns, Few Mental Health Services Drive High Rural Death Rate, Experts Say [youthtoday.org]

 

Paul Reviere is sheriff of Lincoln County, a rural area with just under 8,000 people two hours east of Atlanta. In addition to maintaining safety, he gives what he calls “50-cent tours” to out-of-towners, showing off downtown Lincolnton. And there are lots of out-of-towners — people come to enjoy the nearby state park, the Savannah River and the 160 historic buildings.

But Lincoln County is distinctive for something beyond these charms. It has the highest rate of firearm fatalities in Georgia.

From 2013 to 2017, the county had a rate of 31 fatalities per 100,000 people, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (The statistic is calculated by taking the total number of fatalities for all four years, adding up the population for each year, dividing the four-year population total by the four-year fatality total, and multiplying by 100,000.)

[For more on this story by Adina Solomon, go to https://youthtoday.org/2019/03...-deaths-experts-say/]

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