How many were self-inflicted?Study: U.S. Hospitals Admit 7,500 Kids A Year With Gunshot Wounds
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.
As part of the study, researchers reviewed records for 36 million pediatric hospital admissions from the years 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009. And they found that the gunshot wound numbers have gone up. Between 1997 and 2009, hospitalizations from gunshot wounds rose from 4,270 to 7,730, and in-hospital deaths rose from 317 to 503.(And the numbers for both figures, hospitalizations and deaths, were higher in 2006 than 2009.)
How many of those numbers don't count, Squash?
How many of those shot kids do you want to dismiss?
Why you ask?
If someone wants to "end it all" they will do it with whatever is available.