Study: 20 Young People Hospitalized Daily For Gun Injuries
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on January 29, 2014 @ 4:44PM
Created on January 28, 2014 @ 2:32PM
According to a new study, 20 young people are hospitalized every day because of a gun related incident. According to CBS News, the research, which was published on Jan. 27 in Pediatrics, looked at a nationally-representative sample of hospitalizations at more than 4,000 medical centers that occurred in 2009 for children and adolescents under 20 years of age.
The American Academy of Pediatrics' says the safest home for children and teens is one without guns. If there are guns in the home, they should be stored unloaded and locked with the ammo locked in a separate place. 5 News talked to people in the area about this and they said it all goes back to education.
"I just think there should be a lot more education with kids. You need to protect your guns and put them away, but at the same time if they know what they're doing around guns the chances of an accident are a lot less," said Mike Heaster, Doddridge County Resident.
5 News talked to a local gun shop owner and he said it's best to store it unloaded and locked up.
"Every hand gun that's sold in the United States, that's sold new, a locking device has to be provided with the gun. That's federal law," said Eric Satterfield, Owner of Defender Arms Gun Shop.
On top of that, with every sale each customer is supposed to get a pamphlet called The Youth Handgun Safety Act Notice. In that has rules and regulations to make sure incidents don't happen.
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