FRIGHTENING

Guns Kill or Hurt 20 Kids a Day

A new study analyzing firearm hospitalizations shows that an American child is hospitalized due to a firearm injury nearly every hour of the day. Although only 6 percent of these cases result in death, the damage from guns is “often suffering severe and costly injuries, [which] clearly shows that this is a national public-health problem," says Robert Sege, director of the division of family and child advocacy at Boston Medical Center and a co-author of the study. The study also showed a major racial gap on youth firearm injuries, with black children suffering from 47 percent of all hospitalizations.