10,000 American Children Injured or Killed by Guns Annually

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According to a recent study by researchers from Yale University’s School of Medicine, an estimated ten thousand children under the age of 20 are injured or killed by firearms in the United States every year.

According to a recent study by researchers from Yale University’s School of Medicine, an estimated ten thousand children under the age of 20 are injured or killed by firearms in the United States every year.

Using information compiled by the 2009 Kids’ Inpatient Database, the researchers were able to create a picture of how gun violence affects young Americans.

The statistics show that over 7 thousand kids are hospitalized for gun related injuries every year, and 6 percent of those who are treated die after being admitted to the hospital.

Another 3 thousand children die before they have a chance to be treated at the hospital.

Over 45 hundred of the injuries were attributed to assault, and over 2 thousand were caused by accidental shootings.

Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research commented on the statistics saying: “This study reinforces what we know from the mortality data. We have an extraordinary health burden in our youth associated with firearms injuries.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, firearms kill twice as many children as cancer.

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