10,000 children are either killed or injured in school shootings in the United States each year, according to a new study.
Over 7,000 children, wounded by gunshots, are sent to the hospital amounting to 20 each day, the study published in Pediatrics Monday has found.
“That’s more than 7,000 children injured badly enough to be hospitalized,” said Dr. John Leventhal, the study’s lead author and a professor of pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. “All are unnecessary hospitalizations because preventing gun violence is something that can actually be done.”
Six percent of those who are hospitalized die from serious injuries, the study said.
3,000 die before they can even be taken to the emergency room, Leventhal noted.
In addition, earlier studies, which looked at child mortality related to firearms, confirmed that 3,000 deaths happen a year, according to experts.
“This study reinforces what we know from the mortality data,” said Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. “We have an extraordinary health burden in our youth associated with firearms injuries.”
Reviewing the 2009 Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID), which tracks pediatric hospital stays, the Yale researchers found that 7,391 children under the age of 20 had been admitted to the hospital due to injuries caused by for firearm, of whom 453 died.
The KID’s data was gathered between 1997 and 2009 as part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.[More]