Katherine Fowler and her co-authors recently reported in Pediatrics on Childhood Firearm Injuries in the United States this week. They joined data from the National Injury Surveillance System and the National Violent Death Reporting System to find:
- 1297 children (individuals under age 18) died annually in firearm related injury, 53% homicides, 38% suicides and 6% unintentional firearm deaths
- 5790 children were injured in the same time interval.
- Boys were involved more than girls, older children (aged 13 to 17) more than younger children.
- African American children had the highest overall mortality because of homicides. Their rate of 3.5 children/100,000 was...