Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Kids and guns: New report finds nearly one child per hour injured by a gun

See also

A new study released Monday shows nearly one child or teen an hour is injured by a gun seriously enough to require hospitalization. And this latest study in February's Pediatrics finds that of the 20 firearm injuries per day that send our kids to the hospital, six percent result in death, according to USA Today on Jan. 27.

Children who do survive gunshot injuries often require extensive follow-up treatment, including physical rehabilitation, home health care and readmission to hospitals due to delayed effects from the injury.

They may also require mental health or social services, says study co-author Dr. Robert Sege, director of the Division of Family and Child Advocacy at Boston Medical Center.

Although a number of past studies have used vital statistics data to examine pediatric deaths related to guns, this is the first to highlight the hardship of non-lethal injuries using the hospitalization data.

The collateral damage caused by gun-related injuries rarely garners the same attention as fatalities, "but that every day, 20 of our children are hospitalized for firearms injury, often suffering severe and costly injuries, clearly shows that this is a national public health problem", Dr. Sege said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite declining rates over the past decade, firearm injuries are still the second leading cause of death behind motor vehicle crashes for teens aged 15 to 19.

Related: Guns are a social disease, should be treated that way.

Sege believes this latest research highlights the need for additional funding for public health research to find the best way to reduce children's access to firearms.

Until then, Sege says the best advice to follow comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics. They contend that the safest home for children and teens is one absent of guns.

And if there are guns in the home, they should be stored unloaded in a locked container, with any ammunition also locked away in a separate location.

Advertisement

News

  • Pro-Russians killed
    Putin issues a warning after 3 armed protestors were shot dead in Ukraine
    Video
    Watch Video
  • Korean ferry capsizes
    Only one of 46 life boats were used in the South Korean ferry sinking
    World News
  • Oscar Pistorius trial
    Oscar Pistorius reads a Valentines Day card from his deceased girlfriend without tears
    Crime News
  • Google patent
    Google applies for patent for what could be the successor to Google Glass
    Tech News
  • 420 in Colorado
    Colorado will celebrate 420 for the first time since marijuana became legal
    Headlines
  • Racist Kansas murderer
    Why isn't the Jewish Community Center shooter being labeled as a terrorist?
    Video
    Watch Video

Related Videos:

  • Director Bryan Singer's Representatives Dispute Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Abuse of Teen
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518199867" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518199867&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Is an 89 cent refill $525? Man outraged after being fined $525 for unpaid refill
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XP5CKjCsj9E?VQ=HD720&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • South Korea ferry text messages: Families wait anxiously for any word.
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518197947" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518197947&autoStart=true"></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!