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This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Suffer a Gunshot Wound

It’s no secret America is home to many gun owners. According to Pew Research Center, over a third of Americans say there’s a gun either in their household or they have one themselves. And while many people are responsible firearm owners and know how to properly handle their equipment, we know you’re still wondering what happens if things get out of hand.

So, what do you do if you get shot? And what exactly goes on inside your body? We’re here to tell you everything that occurs if you’re faced with this situation.

Bullets travel at the speed of 900 miles per hour

A gold bullet seen on a white table.

A gold bullet seen on a white table. Bullets travel shockingly quick. | iStock.com

First, it’s important to understand just how fast a bullet really is. Lifehacker explains when you get shot, your body absorbs all of that momentum — which means a 900 mile-per-hour speeding bullet is entering your body if you’re shot by the average handgun. For this reason, when you’re hit, it’s not just the direct path of the bullet you need to worry about. The speed alone is enough to cause a large expanded cavity in its wake, which can also harm your organs even if they’re not hit directly.

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