October 31, 2018
Pressure from the gun lobby has strictly limited federal research into injuries and deaths from firearms. Unlike with, say, motor vehicle deaths, there is no national system to track deaths by firearms. And 13 states have enacted so-called “Physician Gag Laws,” which prohibit doctors from asking their patients if they own guns, or if there are guns in the home.
Nevertheless, a university-funded study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that gun injuries sent about 75,000 U.S. children and teens to emergency rooms over the course of nine years, at a cost of $3 billion. More than one-third of the wounded children were hospitalized and 6 percent died.
The researchers further found that 11 of every 100,000 children and teens treated in U.S. emergency rooms have gun-related injuries, amounting to about 8,300 kids each year. Or about one every hour.