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Firearms and Child Safety-Reply

Firearms and Child Safety-Reply Abstract In Reply.—The week I received Dr Hollingsworth's letter dismissing the threat of firearms, five children, aged 3 to 13 years, were injured by firearms in Houston (Houston Chronicle, June 22, 1987). Other areas of the country are also reporting unintentional deaths resulting from children shooting themselves or other children.1 The majority of unintentional deaths by firearms occur in the home.2 A recent study3 found that 53.6% of firearms-related deaths occurred in the home where the firearm was kept. Of these 398 deaths, only two cases (0.5%) involved an intruder being shot during an attempted entry. I am not sure that Dr Hollingsworth can substantiate his statement that "a gun in a child's environment is not as dangerous as an automobile." Neither object should be used by children or any person who has not been properly trained to use it without endangering his or her own life References 1. Wintemute GJ, Teret SP, Kraus JF, et a[ill] When children shoot children: Eighty-eight unin[ill] tended deaths in California . JAMA 1987;257[ill] 3107-3109.Crossref 2. Rushforth NB, Hirsch CS, Ford AB, et al[ill] Accidental firearm fatalities in a metropolita[ill] county (1958-1973) . Am J Epidemiol 1975;100[ill] 499-505. 3. Kellermann AL, Reay DT: Protection o[ill] peril? An analysis of firearm-related deaths in the home . N Engl J Med 1986;314:1557-1560.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Firearms and Child Safety-Reply

Abstract

Abstract In Reply.—The week I received Dr Hollingsworth's letter dismissing the threat of firearms, five children, aged 3 to 13 years, were injured by firearms in Houston (Houston Chronicle, June 22, 1987). Other areas of the country are also reporting unintentional deaths resulting from children shooting themselves or other children.1 The majority of unintentional deaths by firearms occur in the home.2 A recent study3 found that 53.6% of firearms-related deaths occurred in the...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1987 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460120012005
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Abstract

Abstract In Reply.—The week I received Dr Hollingsworth's letter dismissing the threat of firearms, five children, aged 3 to 13 years, were injured by firearms in Houston (Houston Chronicle, June 22, 1987). Other areas of the country are also reporting unintentional deaths resulting from children shooting themselves or other children.1 The majority of unintentional deaths by firearms occur in the home.2 A recent study3 found that 53.6% of firearms-related deaths occurred in the home where the firearm was kept. Of these 398 deaths, only two cases (0.5%) involved an intruder being shot during an attempted entry. I am not sure that Dr Hollingsworth can substantiate his statement that "a gun in a child's environment is not as dangerous as an automobile." Neither object should be used by children or any person who has not been properly trained to use it without endangering his or her own life References 1. Wintemute GJ, Teret SP, Kraus JF, et a[ill] When children shoot children: Eighty-eight unin[ill] tended deaths in California . JAMA 1987;257[ill] 3107-3109.Crossref 2. Rushforth NB, Hirsch CS, Ford AB, et al[ill] Accidental firearm fatalities in a metropolita[ill] county (1958-1973) . Am J Epidemiol 1975;100[ill] 499-505. 3. Kellermann AL, Reay DT: Protection o[ill] peril? An analysis of firearm-related deaths in the home . N Engl J Med 1986;314:1557-1560.Crossref

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 1, 1987

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