From USA Today-
A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that almost one child or teen is injured due to firearms and requires hospitalization every hour due to firearms related injuries. Firearm injuries are the second leading cause of death, behind motor vehicle crashes, for teens ages 15 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For those lucky to escape death, recovery often requires extensive treatment, which may include one or more trips to surgery, rehabilitation, home health care, and mental health or social services.
The most common types of firearm injuries included open wounds (52%), fractures (50%) and internal injuries of the thorax, abdomen or pelvis (34%). In children under age 10, 75% of hospitalizations were due to unintentional injuries.
The American Academy of Pediatrics stresses that “the safest home for children and teens is one without guns.” Guns should be “stored unloaded and locked, with the ammunition locked away in a separate place.”
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Study: 20 young people a day hospitalized for gun injuries http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/27/guns-children-hospitalizations/4796999/