Firearm Injuries to Children and Teens Far More Deadly, Costly Than Other Injuries

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Only 1 percent of 911 calls for injuries to children result from gunshots, but one in five of those children die, according to a recent study. Children injured by firearms were more likely to die than kids injured by any other means, including stabbings and car accidents.

The research did not study Chicago or the surrounding area, which has the nation’s highest homicide toll and counts many children who suffered gunshot wounds among the victims. Still the findings resonate here as Chicago tries to get a handle on a homicide rate that has shamed the city.