Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data on injuries and deaths from gunfire in kids ages 0 to 17, compiling information from three national databases that track details such as nonfatal firearm injuries reported by hospital emergency rooms, death certificates connected to gun violence, coroner and medical examiner records, law enforcement reports, as well as details on homicides, assaults, suicides/self-harm, or unintentional injuries linked to guns.
Child suicides involving firearms rose 60 per cent from 2007 to 2014 after having been on the decline and are 11 times higher among teens than 10- to 12-year-olds, researchers found.
Teenagers and blacks are the most vulnerable to this.
Most gun accidents among younger children involved the child playing with a gun.
More than half - 53 percent - are homicides and another 38 percent are suicides.
The highest rates for homicides were concentrated in the South; across the Midwestern states of Illinois, Missouri, Michigan and OH; and in California, Nevada, Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
". Although we may legitimately support our American Academy of Pediatrics policy's assertion that the safest home is one without firearms, we should be mindful that this message may be off-putting to parents who keep guns for hunting or self-protection, and who are part of a widespread and deeply rooted social gun culture in our country, especially in rural states. We do need to try to engage those gun owners".
"It's important for parents to be aware of their children's state of mind and if they're depressed", he said. Moreover, an additional 5,790 children are treated for a gunshot injury every year. And it does. It makes us look like homicidal maniacs who would rather see kids die than figure out a way to make sure people who shouldn't have guns don't have access to them. "These injuries are preventable". Their findings underscore why researchers view gun violence as a public health crisis.
Overall, almost 1,300 children in the USA die in shootings each year and another 5,790 survive gunshot wounds - from handguns, rifles and shotguns - according to the study published today in the journal Pediatrics.
"Firearm-related injuries contribute substantially each year to premature death, illness and disability of children".
It is estimated that there are between 270 million and 300 million guns in the USA, about one per person, according to the New York Daily News.
The report showed that nearly 1,300 children in the United States die from gunshot wounds yearly, and an additional 5,790 children are treated for gunshot wounds and survive each year.
He added the agent of the disease would be the kinetic energy from a bullet that is firing out of a gun.
There are ways in which guns can be made not so easily accessible to children, Hargarten said.