Twenty young people a day hospitalized for gun injuries

January 27, 2014 5:41 AM

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Twenty young people a day hospitalized for gun injuries

Six percent of 7,391 hospitalizations for firearm-related injuries to children and teens in 2009 proved fatal. Most of the hospitalizations resulted from assaults; the fewest from suicide attempts.

Almost one child or teen an hour is injured by a firearm seriously enough to require hospitalization, a new analysis finds. Six percent of the 7,391 hospitalizations analyzed resulted in a death, says the study in February's Pediatrics, released today.

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