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Citation

Austin K, Lane M. Paediatr. Child Health (1996) 2018; 23(1): 35-42.

Affiliation

Canadian Paediatric Society, Adolescent Health Committee, Ottawa, Ontario.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, Canadian Paediatric Society, Publisher Pulsus Group)

DOI

10.1093/pch/pxx164

PMID

29479278

PMCID

PMC5815102

Abstract

Firearm injuries are a significant and preventable cause of death in Canadian youth. Adolescent and young adult males are disproportionately affected; however, firearm-related deaths occur in youth of all ages. Canada's rate of firearm ownership is lower than that of the USA, but high compared with other upper-income countries. The availability of firearms to youth is an important factor in adolescent suicide, unintentional firearm deaths, gang homicide and school shootings. Guns should not be kept in homes or environments where children and adolescents live or play. Screening for the presence of a firearm in the home is an essential part of the safety assessment of a depressed or suicidal youth, and removal of the firearm from the home must be recommended in this situation. Legislative measures to strictly control the acquisition, transport, ownership and storage of firearms, and to reduce smuggling of firearms, are also recommended.


Language: en

Keywords

Adolescent; Child; Firearm; IPV; Nonpowder firearm; Targeted school violence

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