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What really happens to the body after being shot?

By Daunte Henderson,

Gun violence is a public health concern in many eyes. Statistics from a 2016 Washington Post says there are more than 11,000 deaths as a result of murder or manslaughter involving a gun. We see the effects of gun violence through the lens of the television, but what actually happens to the person affected?

A missing limb or a wheelchair only tells part of the story. The body goes through a number of changes when a bullet enters at 900 miles per hour. This isn’t like the movies where people die instantly over their wounds. This is being in excruciating pain for several days or weeks while incapacitated. Our findings tell a tale of extreme trauma and pain during this unfortunate moment.

What Does It Feel Like to Be Shot

You lose consciousness when you are shot in the head. However, you experience excruciating pain when you’re shot in other places such as your abdomen, back, neck or groin. You don’t normally die instantly which means you can be in physical pain for hours before dying. Wounds to the heart often turn deadly within minutes.


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