The weapons send nearly 8,000 children to the emergency room each year in the United States, according to the first nationally representative study on the subject.
About 75,000 American children and adolescents visited emergency rooms due to firearm injuries between 2006 and 2014, according to an Associated Press report on the analysis.
A third of these children apparently were hospitalized and 6 percent died. Apparently, just under half of the firearms-related injuries were assaults, almost 40 percent were accidental or involuntary, and 2 percent were suicides.
Children were reported to be more likely to visit the emergency room for gunshot injuries than girls.
The percentage of children who come to the emergency room due to firearm injuries has increased in recent years, from 7 per 100,000 in 2013 to 10 per 100,000 in 2014.
However, it has fallen since 2007, when the rate was 15 per 100,000, the AP reported.
Dr. Denise Dowd, an emergency physician at a hospital in Kansas City, Mo., told the AP that it is difficult to understand the extent of gun-related injuries in the US. UU Because the federal government limits funds for the investigation of gun violence.
"It is very important that we have an idea of the magnitude of life lost and injured and how much money we are spending (…) so that we can prioritize it as a national health concern," Dowd told the news service.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July found that the number of homicides related to firearms in the United States. UU It increased by 31 percent from 2014 to 2016, but offered some details about why the increase occurred.
A series of mass shootings this year, including an attack in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday that killed 11 people, has increased national attention to the issue of gun violence.