Gun Safety for Children

Guns are the number 1 cause of death for children and teenagers in the US. Approximately every 40 minutes, a child or teenager is injured by a gun. Children who live in a home with a gun are at 2 times the risk of homicide and 3 times the risk of suicide. Increased gun sales and isolation during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic increase the risk of youth gun-related injuries. Caregivers can prevent gun-related injuries by talking to their children about gun safety and removing guns from the home or safely storing guns if they are present.

 

Byrne, A., Hagen, M., Thompson, L. (2021) Gun Safety for Children. JAMA Pediatr. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.5989