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June 12, 1987

When Children Shoot Children88 Unintended Deaths in California

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Family Practice, University of California, Davis (Dr Wintemute and Mss Wright and Bradfield); the Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (Mr Teret); and the; Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles (Dr Kraus).

From the Department of Family Practice, University of California, Davis (Dr Wintemute and Mss Wright and Bradfield); the Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (Mr Teret); and the; Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles (Dr Kraus).

JAMA. 1987;257(22):3107-3109. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390220105030
Abstract

Between 1977 and 1983, eighty-eight California children 0 to 14 years of age were unintentionally shot and killed either by other children or by themselves. The majority of cases occurred while children were playing with guns they had found. Easy accessibility to guns, the resemblance of guns to toys, and gun malfunctions were all contributing factors. Handguns, particularly those of 22 caliber, were frequently involved.

(JAMA 1987;257:3107-3109)

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