Craig D. Newgard and colleagues in Pediatrics:
Gunshot-related injuries are a leading cause of death and non-fatal injury among children and adolescents in the United States. Gunshot injuries rank second only to motor vehicle crashes as a cause of death for children ages 15 to 19 years. From 2001 through 2010, 29 331 children age 0 to 19 years died of gunshot-related injuries. Another 155 000 children were injured seriously enough to undergo treatment in emergency departments (EDs). After peaking in 1994, the gunshot-related mortality rate for children ages 0 to 19 years fell 54.6% by 2003, but has remained almost unchanged since.