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Comment & Response
September 23, 2019

What Is Safe Household Firearm Storage to Prevent Deaths Among US Youths?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Nephrology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(11):1108-1109. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.3238

To the Editor In their article,1 Monuteaux et al propose that “6% to 32% of deaths [of US youths] were estimated to be preventable depending on the probability of motivating safer storage”1 of firearms. Certainly, keeping all firearms in the home locked is a step in the right direction. But in 2018, a 13-year-old boy shot a classmate and a teacher with a gun that had been locked in a basement safe, saying afterwards, “If I could, I would take it back.”2