Children and handguns. A public health concern

Am J Dis Child. 1985 Mar;139(3):229-31. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140050023012.


Data on children who are killed by handguns each year are reported. Homicide, suicide, accidental death, as well as injuries by handguns, are reviewed. It is concluded that handguns are a major cause of death among children and adolescents. The medical profession is urged to take a more active role in finding solutions to this problem.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents
  • Child*
  • Homicide
  • Humans
  • Public Health
  • Suicide / epidemiology
  • United States
  • Violence*
  • Wounds, Gunshot* / mortality