Firearm Injury is a grave concern for pediatric caregivers. With over 80 million handguns and an estimated 250 million firearms overall in the United States, children every day are exposed to the possibility of these injuries. Although the problem has improved somewhat over the past decade, there are still approximately 10-12 firearm deaths daily to children under the age of 19. This correlates with over 11,000 deaths in people of all ages yearly.

There are many theories as to why our American society has spawned such a high risk environment for gun violence. Gun ownership is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment and this immediately sets up for hard debate and fiery discussions when any type of control or restriction on gun purchases or ownership is even proposed. Informing yourself about the facts regarding gun ownership and the risk to kids usually avoids this contentiousness by stating simply that “Kids and Guns Don’t Mix.”

With Gun ownership comes responsibility of keeping these weapons out of the hands of children. Emergency medicine, family and pediatric physicians can do much to educate parents as to these hazards. The following are some useful facts and information that you can give to parents and kids alike to bring light, rather than heat, on the controversial topic of “GUN SAFETY.”

Parent's Safety Checklist

Safety Presentation

Research Papers

Firearm Injury Prevention Links

 
Goods for Guns has taken 6,533 handguns, rifles and shotguns off the streets of Allegheny County in the past seven years. It is the most successful, longest-lived program of its kind in the United States and provides a model for the nation.
 
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Did you know?

Over 70 percent of children between 5 and 14 ride bicycles (27.7 million) yet it is estimated that only 15 to 25 percent wear helmets.

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury death among those ages 65 and older? Falls cause 61 percent of traumatic brain injuries in this age group. The good news is many falls can be prevented by maintaining physical strength and by making your home safer!

Nearly 362,000 children annually are treated in emergency departments throughout the United States with bicycling injuries and one-third of the visits are head injuries.

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