500 kids die, 7,500 injured by guns yearly

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Some 7,500 children are hospitalized yearly for gunshot wounds, and 500 of them die, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study also found a “significant association” between the percentage of kids’ gunshot wounds occurring in homes and the percentage of households containing firearms, the AAP said in a statement.

Researchers reviewed statistics from the Kids’ Inpatient Database from 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009, and estimated state household gun ownership using the most recent data available from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Researchers presented this data at the annual AAP conference Orlando on Sunday. The organization represents 60,000 pediatricians and other medical officials.

Between 1997 and 2009, child hospitalizations for gunshot wounds increased from 4,270 to 7,730, and in-hospital deaths increased from 317 to 503.

While many current gun-control efforts focus on limiting military-style semi-automatic assault rifles, “handguns account for the majority of childhood gunshot wounds, and this number appears to be increasing over the last decade,” said lead study author Dr. Arin L. Madenci.

“Further, states with higher percentages of household firearm ownership also tended to have higher proportions of childhood gunshot wounds, especially those occurring in the home.” Policies focusing on reducing the number of guns in homes, particularly handguns, may be key to effectively reducing children’s gunshot injuries, Madenci said.

The state with the lowest percentage of home gun ownership was New Jersey, with 10%; the highest was Montana, with 62%, according to the study.

The AAP previously established a policy to reduce gun access and injuries in children by recommending that pediatricians counsel parents of children as young as 6 months old.

™ & © 2013 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.



  • Gerry

    The vast, vast majority of these deaths and injuries are gang-related. I guess that can’t be mentioned, because it’s either racist or not politically correct.@

  • Stacy Treherne Petty

    Geez, where to start . . . You neglected to state that pediatrics, by definition, is a person under the age of 18. You neglected to state in the article what percentage of those deaths are suicides. You neglected to connect the number of deaths and inner city crimes caused by minorities, who’s lives are lost not necessarily BECAUSE of a firearm, but rather a culture of violence, and the void of respect for fellow humans. If you’re so concerned about accidental deaths to minors, how about including the average of 400 children, most under the age of 5, who drown in swimming pools in this country each and every year.

    I understand this isn’t YOUR article KDVR, you pulled it from the CNN feed. But dammit! Where is a real journalist in your midst? This is agenda driven, period.

  • Stark

    Like most all news reports they do a great job twisting and cherry picking there facts. Just click on the link in the article (researchers reviewed statistics) and read how misleading the article is. 1st, the children they refer to are anyone under 19years. 2nd they cherry pick there dates to suit their story, 1997 to 2009 really, its almost 2014, how about using data from every year for the past 10 years so you can see the dramatic decline. When you look at the top causes of death to people under 20, firearms range from 10th to 15th depending on if you have count medical issues. Keep in mind over 3000 children under 14 drown each year. Drowning is the second highest cause of death under car accidents. If you want to make a difference look at where the real issues are, not just the ones these phony reporters what you to hear. No matter what side your on do your own research and get the true facts, don’t simply read an article and accept it as fact.

  • jinxed13

    Of course this article is designed to lend to the hysteria that’s motivating gun ban or strict gun control advocates. While we’re on the subject of causes of the deaths or injuries to children yearly, how about reporting on how many kids are injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents, how many are injured or killed while riding bicycles, injured or killed by walking on public sidewalks or roadways, how many are killed or injured due to abuse, how many are killed by homicide, injured by attempted homicide, how many are killed or injured playing sports, how many are killed or injured in fights, in fires, etc.? How about how many kids are killed in abortions (something that does happen whether you are pro life or pro abortion rights)? Are we going to give equal consideration to possibly banning or strictly controlling the other causes of children being killed or injured? The American Academy of Pediatrics is also a quasi-politically driven entity as is the American Academy of Physicians (who admitted that late term abortions aren’t being done to save the lives of the mothers in the vast majority of cases). What would be interesting (but not politically correct) is a report on how many kids are injured or killed by guns in homes where the parent(s) are police officers or military personnel — two professions, particularly in the police profession, where guns are more likely to be found in the home. You won’t see one of those studies because the answer is, very rarely do you see kids of parents involved in these professions being killed or injured by guns, yet guns are a huge part of the parent(s)’ profession. I would say (having been a former police officer) that the extremely low child deaths or injuries (either to self or others) by firearms is due to the attitude, responsibility, and respect the parents convey to their children regarding firearms in and outside of the home. In these professions, when the parents have firearms, their children know about them, and know about the devastating effects that can be caused from “playing with, or brandishing” a firearm. As the TV show, “1,000 Ways to Die” says in it’s opening, “everyday we face 1,000 ways to die.” That isn’t far from the truth and it isn’t just adults facing numerous ways to die on a daily basis.

Comments are closed.