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Study: Shootings kill or injure 19 U.S. children each day

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By LINDSEY TANNER

Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence.

The analysis of 2002-14 U.S. data is billed as the most comprehensive study on the topic. While it mostly confirms previously released information, it underscores why researchers view gun violence as a public health crisis.

The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention involves children and teens through age 17. It was compiled by analyzing death certificates and emergency room reports. Among the findings published Monday in the journal Pediatrics:

—The yearly toll is nearly 1,300 deaths and almost 6,000 nonfatal gunshot wounds — most of them intentional.

—Most deaths result from homicides and suicides, while assaults caused most of the nonfatal injuries.

—The annual death rate is nearly 2 out of 100,000 children — the rate is double for blacks — while nonfatal gunshot wounds injure almost 8 out of 100,000 kids each year.

—Suicides increased from 2007-14, from 325 to 532. The suicide rate increased 60 percent over those years to 1.6 per 100,000. One-third of these kids were depressed and most had experienced a recent crisis, including relationship breakups and problems at school.

—Homicides fell from 2007-14, from 1,038 to 699, the rate dropping by 36 percent to less than 1 per 100,000.

—Most unintentional deaths resulted from playing with guns and unintentionally pulling the trigger. Most victims were bystanders although among kids up to age 10 in this group, more than 40 percent accidentally shot themselves.

The report notes that unintentional shooting deaths may be significantly underreported, which was highlighted in a report by The Associated Press and USA TODAY Network. The news organizations found during the first six months of 2016, minors died from accidental shootings — at their own hands, or at the hands of other children or adults — at a pace of one every other day, far more than limited federal statistics indicate.

Congress has prohibited the CDC from using federal money to advocate or promote gun control. CDC spokeswoman Courtney Lenard said the congressional directive "does not prohibit CDC from conducting public health research into gun violence" and the agency continues to do so.

"Public health research is fundamental for understanding the problem and developing scientifically sound solutions," said the study's lead author, Katherine Fowler of the CDC.

An accompanying editorial in the journal said it's "both reasonable and wise" for doctors to talk about firearms safety with parents, particularly those who keep guns at home.

"It may help to remind ourselves and our parents that our message on safe gun storage in homes with children is similar to that of gun rights and sport shooting groups," wrote Dr. Eliot Nelson of University of Vermont Children's Hospital.


Follow AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner on Twitter: @LindseyTanner.


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Bit let's spend more time keeping transgenders out of bathrooms.....for the safety of the children.

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Guns don't kill people! People kill people! With guns...

"Bit let's spend more time keeping transgenders out of bathrooms.....for the safety of the children."

I would do both honestly.

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"Public health research is fundamental for understanding the problem...'

Well here's a hint. There are too many guns.

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Not so bad, considering that, according to Terry McAuliffe, 93 million Americans are killed by guns every day!!!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZzjGYyI3Dg

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I'd be in favor of gun control, for starters. But then, I'd probably be the victim of an orchestrated smear campaign and possibly end up face to face with an angry NRA chump, for my troubles.

As for transgenders using the bathroom that their reassigned gender infers; sure. I'd rather keep the bullies, bigots and phobes out of the jacks, thanks all the same.

Congress has prohibited the CDC from using federal money to advocate or promote gun control.

Of course they have. It's all part of an ancient sacred text. To deviate or question that edict is akin to blasphemy.

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Clearly the answer is looser firearm regulations and more firearms in the hands of more people. You see, if every one of those 19 children per day were armed, they could protect themselves. (Tongue in cheek.)

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You see, if every one of those 19 children per day were armed, they could protect themselves. (Tongue in cheek.)

Very Vince Vaughan! Cripes, could you imagine the carnage if the pupils went in all tooled up? As if schoolyard fights and fracas aren't bad enough...

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Nothing will happen as long as the NRA gives $30 MILLION to a presidential candidate who will do as they ask. 110 million gun owners, 300 MILLION guns - the US is the new Killing Fields. Our children are not taken by gunshot - we have sold them to the NRA. Shame on all of us.

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—The annual death rate (for children) is nearly 2 out of 100,000 children 

ーthe (homicide) rate (is) less than 1 per 100,000

So you're twice as likely to be killed as a child - presumably accidentally or incidentally - as to be murdered - the very reason the NRA and their ilk vomit to promote gun leniency. Kinda pulls the rug out of the argument that guns prevent violence.

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What a violent country the US is, and what a violent people Americans are. What on earth is their problem??

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Daniel does have a small point, if made in a very obtuse way (clearly, he was referring to blacks): While blacks make up 15% of the US population, minor shootings among blacks constitute 45% - a bit over twice the national average. Race thus has no bearing on the gun control debate. Poverty, education, the gun culture - these need to be addressed. Anything else is just kicking the can down the road - as usual.

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CrazyJoeJune 1904:52 pm JST

Nothing will happen as long as the NRA gives $30 MILLION to a presidential candidate who will do as they ask. 

Weren't we going to drain the swamp? I feel like somebody said something about draining the swamp.

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