Friday, April 26, 2013

Hidden gun injuries ‘routine’ among children

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The horror of 20 children being shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School shocked the nation and the world.

But Colorado researchers — who initially set out to study playground accidents — found that gun violence is harming children every day. Very few people know about these gun injuries because federal law has prohibited funding for research on gun accidents and fatalities.

The Colorado researchers combed through every single injury over an eight-year period at Denver’s two primary trauma hospitals that serve children, Denver Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado. They expected to find information about playground injuries and were surprised to learn that violence was harming a significant number of children every year.

On average, at least 14 children between the ages of 4 and 17 were suffering gun injuries every year between 2000 and 2008 in the Denver area alone. That doesn’t include the number of children who died of gunshot wounds or those who didn’t seek emergency care for their injuries.

By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, Health Policy Solutions

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