Firearms Leading Injury Method for U.S. Children, Adolescents: CDC

Guns are on display at the Dallas Gun Show in Parker, a suburban city of Dallas, Texas, the United States, Jan. 22, 2022. Photo by Lin Li/Xinhua

LOS ANGELES -- Firearms are a leading injury method for U.S. children and adolescents, and about one half of unintentional firearm injury deaths among children and adolescents occurred at their home, according to a new report of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Unintentional injury is a leading cause of death among U.S. children and adolescents aged under 17 years, according to the report released on Thursday.

Firearms used in unintentional injury deaths were often stored both loaded and unlocked and were commonly accessed from nightstands and other sleeping areas, according to the report.

Unintentional firearm injury deaths are preventable, said the report.

Securing firearms is protective against unintentional firearm injury deaths among children and adolescents, which underscores the importance of promoting secure firearm storage, said the report.

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