Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study that will be in the July issue of “Pediatrics” and its recommendations in response to the study. The “Childhood Firearm Injuries in the United States” is the largest study to look at the number of gun-related injuries and death in children and adolescents. It looked at numbers from National Vital Statistics System, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and the National Violent Death Reporting System.
Here’s what it found:
- On average 1,297 children a year die in the U.S. from gunshot wounds and 5,790 are treated for a gunshot wound.
- Death from a firearm is the third leading cause of death for children in the U.S. behind illness/congenital defect and motor vehicle injury.
- 53 percent of gun deaths in children were homicides, 38 percent were suicides, 6 percent were unintentional deaths, 3 percent were due to legal intervention or undetermined intent.
- Homicides deaths by firearms in children have declined but suicide deaths are on the rise.
- 4.2 percent of children ages 0 to 17 in the United States have witnessed a shooting in the past year.
- 82 percent of children killed by guns were boys.
- Children 13-17 years old had a 12 times higher rate of being killed by a firearm than children 12 and younger.
- Race mattered: The annual firearm homicide rate for African American children (3.5 per 100,000) was nearly twice as high as the rate for American Indian children (2.2 per 100,000), 4 times higher than the rate for Hispanic children (0.8 per 100,000), and ∼10 times higher…