Gun-related injuries to children has now become a national public health problem, according to Robert Sege, director of the Division of Family and Child Advocacy at Boston Medical Center. He was part of a recent study that uncovered some alarming statistics regarding how many youth are either injured or killed by guns.
According to the study, almost one child or teen an hour is injured by a firearm. In 2009, six percent of youth hospitalized for gun injuries died from those injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rates gun wounds as the second leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 19.
Other statistics regarding gun-related injuries
- Black males accounted for 44.77 per 100,000 hospitalizations, more than 10 times greater than white males.
- The highest rates were among teens ages 15 to 19.
- More than half (54 percent) of the hospitalizations were due to assaults.
- Black children and adolescents accounted for 47% of all hospitalizations for gun wounds.
Sage believes the solution lies in keeping guns away from children. This is the same advice delivered by the American Academy of Pediatrics who recommends that guns either not be in the home or locked securely and unloaded. This will go a long way to keep children from harm's way.