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'Look, it happens': 500 U.S. kids died from accidental gun shots in '09

To The Daily Sun,

Interesting news story concerning Senator Ted Cruz while on a pheasant-hunting trip. Commenting on the Feb. 11, 2006 ACCIDENTAL shooting of Harry Whittington by former Vice-President Richard Cheney (on a quail hunt), the senator remarked: "Look, it happens!" Jokingly, he also mentioned that the 30 lead pellets left in Whittington's body still set off airport metal detectors.

Another interesting presentation at a recent American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference by Dr. Arin Madenci of Boston Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dr. Christopher Weldon of Boston Children's Hospital(www.upi.com>health news) was entitled "United States Gunshot Violence: Disturbing Trends". Seems that about 500 American children/teenagers died in 2009 due to the ACCIDENTAL use of firearms (approximately 80 percent handguns), an increase of about 60 percent over the previous 10 years. Additionally another 7,000 children were hospitalized in that same year due to ACCIDENTAL serious gunshot injuries, which amounted to an 80 percent increase between 1997 and 2009. Hmm! Sad, but..."Look, it happens!"
Frank M. Weeks

Gilmanton I.W.

 
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