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Epidemiology of paediatric firearm injuries
  1. H Murch1,
  2. B Heatman2,
  3. A Naughton3,
  4. J R Sibert4
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2 Department of Child Death Review, Public Health Wales, Swansea, UK
  3. 3 Department of Paediatrics, Neville Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, UK
  4. 4 Department of Child Health, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr H Murch, Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, CF14 4XW UK; hannahmurch{at}

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We were interested in the paper by Srinivasan et al 1 as it brings into focus the differences in the epidemiology of firearm injuries in children and young people between the USA and the UK and the importance that gun control has had in child and adolescent safety here. Through the Child Death Review in Wales, we have previously reviewed deaths from firearm injuries in the UK. This followed the death in Wales of a young person by his own hand using a shotgun. This prompted us …

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  • Contributors HM researched the topic and wrote the original article in discussion with AN and BH. JRS revised the final draft of the letter.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.