Study Analyses Gun Related Deaths in Children in US

A study on nearly 24,000 deaths in US has claimed that deaths due to gunshots are too common among children living in rural areas. These children are involved in the use of guns as highly as those living in urban cities, added the study.

"This debunks the myth that firearm death is a big-city problem. This is everybody's problem", said lead author Dr. Michael Nance of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The study was published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday. The study analyzed gun-related deaths among children belonging to the age group of 19 or below. It kicked off in 1999 and the analysis continued till 2006.

Of the 24000, nearly 15,000 deaths were homicides, 7,000 were suicides and nearly 1,400 due to accidental shooting.

Prior to this, another study on the deaths in adults were found to shown similar figures.

Dr. Elizabeth Powell of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, who was involved in a research on firearms in Chicago, opined that the findings of the latest study will enhance the knowledge of guns and kids.

She further said that the youth, both in rural and urban areas, need to be assessed.