Emergency room and inpatient procedures related to firearm injuries cost $629 million in 2010 alone, according to a new study by the Urban Institute. Since a large majority of these injuries afflicted poor males from low-income regions, U.S. taxpayers subsidized over half the costs of the treatments through public insurance programs.
Victims of gun violence are almost exclusively men aged 15 years and
older, with American males between the ages of 15 and 34 comprising 69
percent of firearm assault injuries. Women constituted just nine percent
of gun injuries across all ages.
Researchers found that the average emergency room visit for a gun
injury ran $1,126, while an inpatient visit cost $23,497 — $14,000 more
than the average cost of all inpatient stays in 2010.