A new study says that each year approximately 7,500 children are admitted to U.S. hospitals with gunshot wounds and more than 500 children die during hospital admission from these injuries.
An abstract of the study, titled "United States Gunshot Violence—Disturbing Trends," was presented on Sunday by researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. The study also found that states with higher numbers of firearm ownership had higher proportions of childhood gunshot wounds.
It's mostly handguns, of course, and most of these shootings occur in the home. So that's 7,500 families a year for whom keeping a gun in the home did not in fact keep their children safer. But shhhh. Because America!