Children in the most rural areas of the U.S. are as likely to die by gunshot as kids in the biggest cities, says a new analysis of nearly 24,000 deaths reported by the Associated Press. Murders involving firearms are more common among city youth. gun suicides and accidental fatal shootings level the score: They are more common among rural youth.
“This debunks the myth that firearm death is a big-city problem,” said lead author Dr. Michael Nance of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. “This is everybody's problem.” The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics. The study adds important information to what's known about guns and kids, said Dr. Elizabeth Powell of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, who has conducted research on firearms in Chicago.