Two Boston surgeons presented a recent study at an American Academy of Pediatrics conference highlighting the shocking increase in the number of children harmed by gunfire since 1997, according to NBC – read the full article here.

Dr. Arin L. Madenci, the lead researcher, claims that approximately 500 children are shot and killed each year, a number that has increased by 60% since 1997. Similarly, the number of children injured by gunfire per year has increase by 80% over the same time period to a shocking 7,500 cases.

Madenci also claims that state laws seem to have a significant impact on the proportion of children being shot. He says, “states with higher percentages of household firearm ownership also tended to have higher proportions of childhood gunshot wounds, especially those occurring in the home.”

The study was conducted using figures from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s Kid’s Inpatient Database. The database contains a record of about 36 million pediatric hospitalizations from 1997 to 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available.