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Tuesday
Jan282014

Gun Safety: Keeping our kids safe

There’s no question that we have a problem with gun safety in our country. Every time we turn around, there’s another school, mall, or movie theater shooting.  Regardless of where you stand politically on the gun control issue, these frequent shootings do not make the world feel safe and certainly do not set a good example for our children. In reality, the deaths we hear about in the news are only a fraction of gun related deaths amongst children in the United States. A study released in Pediatrics this week found that 20 children EVERY DAY are injured by firearms in the United States. Practically one child every hour. That statistic is alarming.

Researchers in this study reviewed hospitalizations of children under age 20 in 2009 – they found that 7,391 children were hospitalized with a firearm related injury and 453 of those children died. Among young children, most injuries were unintentional, whereas, for adolescents, most injuries were from assault. Either way, more than 8 million children have access to guns – in their own homes, their family or friends’ homes, or maybe even at school. Children (and adolescents) are often unaware of the possible dangers of these weapons. They see them as powerful toys, and are often drawn to playing with them.  

 

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