According to the American Academy of Pediatrics there are approximately 7,500 child hospitalizations and 500 in-hospital deaths each year due to gun injuries.
Those numbers also appear to be increasing over the last decade.
While many gun-control efforts focus on limiting military-style semi-automatic assault rifles, handguns account for the majority of childhood injuries.
The AAP offered several safety suggestions for parents to decrease the risk of their child injuring themselves with a gun.
Parents who own guns should prevent access to these guns by children. Safer storage of guns reduces injuries and they recommend the use of cable locks to increase safer storage.
However, they believe the safest home for a child or adolescent is one without firearms.
The AAP also addressed the risk of suicide in their report.
They stated the presence of guns in the home increased the risk of lethal suicidal acts among adolescents. They recommend that parents who have children with mood disorders, substance abuse problems (including alcohol), or a history of suicide attempts make an effort to remove guns from the household.