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Pediatricians urged to ask parents: Is your gun safely stored?




"Pediatric Trauma Bay" at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. All pediatric trauma patients are first brought here to be assessed and stabilized. Children presenting with gunshot wounds are often very serious and require a team of experts.
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First it was screen time, now the American Association of Pediatrics is taking on gun safety.

In a new report published in the February issue of its journal, Pediatrics, it reported that 7,391 children were hospitalized for gunshot wounds in the U.S. in 2009 — about 20 a day. Of those, 1,000 were under the age of 15.

The study found more than half of the injuries — 4, 559 — were the result of assaults. Another 270 were suicide attempts. Of all the children hospitalized, 453 died from their injuries.

KPCC's Deepa Fernandes has the story