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20 Children Hospitalized Due to Guns Daily, Says Study in 'Pediatrics'

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This is a big week in the conversation of guns in America, as journalist Diane Sawyer dove deep into the issue of gun safety and our kids airing later this week. The teaser for the special can be found here. But that just happened to coincide with the recently published Yale University study, published in the journal Pediatrics, which gave us a sobering number: 20 children a day hospitalized due to firearms.

All that added up comes to around 7,000 kids per year. Furthermore, the American Association of Pediatrics got in on the conversation, publishing the study's on its site, and paraphrasing the study, saying, "Study authors conclude the data highlight the toll of gun related injuries that extends beyond high-profile cases, and that pediatricians and other health care providers can play an important role in preventing these injuries through counseling about firearm safety, including safe storage."

But the AAP continued on, reiterating the message it's said for years: "According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest home for a child is a home without guns, and if there is a gun in the home, it must be stored unloaded and locked, with the ammunition locked separately."

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