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Study: Gun-Related Injuries Send More Than 8,000 Kids A Year To The ER

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Study: Gun-Related Injuries Send More Than 8,000 Kids A Year To The ER
​More than one-third of them were hospitalized and 6 percent died from gun-related injuries.
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Thousands of children and teens in the U.S. are sent to the emergency room every year for gun-related injuries, according to a new study.

The study, which researchers are calling the first of its kind, looked at estimates of emergency room visits in a national database from the Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality, a U.S. government agency.

It showed that from 2006 to 2014, some 75,000 kids 18 and younger suffered some sort of gun-related injury. That averages out to 8,300 a year. More than a third of the kids were hospitalized, and 6 percent died. And all of this cost almost $3 billion.

The research also found the average age of victims was around 15 and nearly half of the injuries were from assault weapons. Forty percent of injuries were unintentional and 2 percent were suicides. 

Researchers did point out that the study didn't include kids injured or killed that didn't make it to a hospital, so the number of gun-related injuries could be even higher.