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Federal law prohibits research into the third leading cause of death for young people: firearms. A sobering report this month in the journal Pediatrics provides a detailed look at the devastating toll that gunfire has had specifically on America’s children: a weekly average of 25 of them killed and 111 sent to emergency rooms. That translates into an annual total of nearly 7,100 dead and wounded children ages 17 and under. Only accidents, and cancers and other illnesses, kill more young people.“Pediatric firearm injuries and deaths are an important public health problem in the United States,” the study concluded, adding that “understanding the nature, magnitude and health impact of firearm violence against children is an important first step” toward making them safer. Thank the gun lobby for this.'