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Guns claim kids’ lives in both rural, urban areas


A new study finds that children in America’s most rural areas are as likely to die by gunshot as kids in the biggest cities.

Murders involving guns are more common among city youth. But gun suicides and accidental fatal shootings level the score: They are more common among rural kids.

Dr. Michael Nance of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia led the study. He says it debunks the myth that misuse of firearms is a big-city problem.

The findings are in Monday’s issue of the journal Pediatrics (www. aap.org).

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