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Gun laws and mortality in children . . . and other stories

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 22 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5148

Gun laws

After motor vehicle crashes, firearms related injury is the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Twice as many children die from firearms than do from childhood cancers. An ecological study makes the unsurprising discovery that, in states which require background checks on people who wish to purchase guns or ammunition, childhood mortality rates from firearms are substantially lower than those in states where gun control is less strict, even after rates of gun ownership are taken into account (Paediatrics doi:10.1542/peds.2018-3283).

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