Gunshot wounds sent roughly 20 children to the hospital per day in 2009 in the United States, says an alarming new study published Monday in Pediatrics.
The number amounts to almost one child or teen seriously injured by a firearm per hour.
Of the 7,391 hospitalizations analyzed in 2009, six percent resulted in a death, according to the researchers at the Yale School of Medicine which studied the most recent statistics from ER rooms across the U.S.
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“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,” says Robert Sege, director of the Division of Family and Child Advocacy at Boston Medical Center and a co-author of the study.
“The safest home for children and teens is one without guns,” said Sege.
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