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Firearms and Child Safety

Firearms and Child Safety Abstract Sir.—Patterson and Smith1 state "children are frequently victims of gunshot wounds." It puzzles me that in over 17 years of pediatric practice in a large city, not one of my patients has been wounded, let alone killed, by firearms. The authors further state that "more than half of all deaths from firearms occur in homes where guns are frequently kept loaded and easily accessible." This is possibly true, but it does not say whether innocent bystanders or criminals are being shot. The authors state "the often-quoted statistic that a gun in the home is six times more likely to kill a friend or family member than an intruder." It is true that the statement is often quoted, but that does not make it true! In fact, the statement is false as documented by Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics. Thousands of honest citizens successfully use a handgun to protect References 1. Patterson PJ, Smith LR: Firearms in the home and child safety . AJDC 1987;141:221-223. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Firearms and Child Safety

Abstract

Abstract Sir.—Patterson and Smith1 state "children are frequently victims of gunshot wounds." It puzzles me that in over 17 years of pediatric practice in a large city, not one of my patients has been wounded, let alone killed, by firearms. The authors further state that "more than half of all deaths from firearms occur in homes where guns are frequently kept loaded and easily accessible." This is possibly true, but it does not say whether innocent bystanders or...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1987 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460120012004
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Abstract

Abstract Sir.—Patterson and Smith1 state "children are frequently victims of gunshot wounds." It puzzles me that in over 17 years of pediatric practice in a large city, not one of my patients has been wounded, let alone killed, by firearms. The authors further state that "more than half of all deaths from firearms occur in homes where guns are frequently kept loaded and easily accessible." This is possibly true, but it does not say whether innocent bystanders or criminals are being shot. The authors state "the often-quoted statistic that a gun in the home is six times more likely to kill a friend or family member than an intruder." It is true that the statement is often quoted, but that does not make it true! In fact, the statement is false as documented by Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics. Thousands of honest citizens successfully use a handgun to protect References 1. Patterson PJ, Smith LR: Firearms in the home and child safety . AJDC 1987;141:221-223.

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 1, 1987

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