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More Child Gun Injuries in States With Self-Defense Laws
Date:1/31/2013

goes beyond the law. It goes beyond gun control," he added, and said that health care practitioners who have to handle the injuries should be "part of the conversation."

According to background information in the study, gun injuries are behind nearly one-third of pediatric trauma deaths.

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about injuries in children.

SOURCES: Justin Lee, M.D., resident, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Brighton, Mass; John Petty, M.D., associate professor of surgery and pediatrics, director of pediatric trauma, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Jan. 16, 2013, presentation, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma annual meeting, Scottsdale, Ariz.


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