Hospitals see high level of child gun injuries

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Nearly 2 percent of childhood traumas seen at Denver Health and Children

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AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- A University of Colorado study of childhood injuries shows gun wounds make up a disturbing level of cases, with self-inflicted injuries by adolescent boys among the highest.

Nearly 2 percent of childhood traumas seen at Denver Health and Children's Hospital Colorado are caused by firearms, according to the report from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

President Barack Obama and health researchers have called for more studies of gun violence in the wake of the Aurora theater shootings and the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

According to the Denver Post, some federal funds have been blocked for gun research over concerns it would further politicize the issue. Obama has issued an executive order asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to resume studies.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2013 at 06:52 AM
    These are not deaths, this study is hiding the facts and this snippet of the original article makes it sound worst than the truth. This snippet is that "only 15" children a year are hurt by guns. This is a very safe report. Comparatively speaking children are hurt every year on “bicycles” 2001 study 75000 a year, 15 and under years old, were treated in hospital emergency room. Children 14 and under age group, 3780 nationally in just 2011 were hurt by lawnmowers etc. I didn’t even mention skateboard accidents. Guns are “safe” in comparison. These examples I gave were single year statistics and not an 11 year comparison. Imagine the amount over 11 years on the bicycle stats.
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