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Count the Carnage: 500 Kids Die Each Year From Gunshots
Posted on Oct 27, 2013
As Americans continue to arm themselves, a new study finds a frightening—but not surprising—effect on children. More and more die each year from gunshot wounds, many times accidentally when they play with weapons they find in their home. And, not coincidentally, states with higher gun ownership rates have higher gunshot wound rates for children.
Some 500 children died and more than 7,700 others were wounded in 2009, the last year researched by study authors Dr. Arin L. Madenci, a surgical resident at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dr. Christopher Weldon, a surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital. They presented their findings Sunday at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference in Orlando, Fla.
Madenci told Discovery News that he was surprised by one of the findings: Most of the shootings involved handguns, not assault weapons. Though given the prevalence of handguns in American homes, it stands to reason that they would account for most of the killings.
But the rise in gun deaths should be a shock, from 4,270 wounded and 317 killed in 1997, to 7,730 wounded and 503 killed in 2009, the last year for which data was available.
That’s a pace of more than 1.4 children killed and 21 wounded every day.
The two doctors based their study on data collected through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Kids’ Inpatient Database. According to NBC:
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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