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One child or youth suffers firearm injury almost every day in Ontario, study finds

Firearms injure a child or youth almost every day in Ontario, say researchers, who analyzed hospital records to determine which groups of young people are most at risk for gun-related accidents or violent assault.

March 30, 2017  By Sheryl Ubelacker CP

Their study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found there were 355 firearm injuries on average each year among children and youth, with about 23 to 25 — or seven per cent — resulting in death.

“Three-quarters are unintentional, so these are accidents that happen, and about 25 per cent are intentional or assault,” said senior author Dr. Astrid Guttmann, a pediatrician at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

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