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Common Sense Ways Pediatricians Can Help Reduce Firearm Injuries
Michael P. Hirsh, MD, FAAP
(June 12, 2019)
The scourge of firearm injury and fatality continues to rise in the United States. The 40,000 fatalities with at least 100,000 injuries in 2018 shows an alarming increase after years of somewhat lower but truthfully unacceptable levels.
With an estimated 3,700 children among those losing their lives to firearm injuries each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues efforts to find ways to keep guns out of the hands of young people at risk of injuring themselves and others.