Gun Violence Affects Some Children More Than Others

It can have a negative impact on future behavior.
Dec 4, 2020
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Gun Violence Affects Some Children More Than OthersGun Violence Affects Some Children More Than Others
A 2002 study says that, "Certain children may be at higher risk for negative outcomes if they are exposed to gun violence. Groups at risk include children injured in gun violence, those who witness violent acts at close proximity, those exposed to high levels of violence in their communities or schools, and those exposed to violent media." More than 215,000 American students have been exposed to some sort of gun violence as a result of a slew of school shootings. This does not include the thousands who have come in contact with gun violence outside of school. Medical costs for pediatric gun-related injuries costs approximately $330 million a year, according to a study published in the Hospital Pediatrics journal. This does not include the cost of ongoing treatments for physical injuries or mental health treatments for psychological damage.
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Mitigating the Effects of Gun Violence on Children and Youth, The Future of Children 12(2), pp. 72–85, June 2002, James Garabino and Catherine Bradshaw

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