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Calculating the Financial Costs of Gun Shootings

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A new report puts a price tag on gun violence: $12 billion a year, including $1.4 billion to US taxpayers -- for Medicare and Medicaid payments to treat victims in emergency rooms. The Senate Judiciary Committee today began debate on gun safety proposals in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Chairman Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, held up a piece from yesterday's USA Today on how gunshot wounds are driving up the cost of health care. We hear from Kelly Kennedy, who wrote the story, and from RAND analyst and former emergency room physician Art Kellermann.

Credits

Guests:
Kelly Kennedy - USA Today - @KellySKennedy, Art Kellermann - RAND Corporation - @ArtKellermannMD

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Kerry Cavanaugh, Evan George