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In 2009, 20 U.S. children and adolescents were hospitalized each day for firearm injuries, data from the Kids’ Inpatient Database show. An estimated 7,391 hospitalizations resulting from firearm injuries occurred in children and adolescents, and 6% of patients died in the hospital. The overall rate of hospitalizations related to firearm injuries was 8.87 per 100,000 people younger than 20 years and was highest among 15-to-19-year-olds. Injuries stemming from assaults were the most frequent reason for hospitalization; those resulting from suicide attempts were least frequent. Profound race and sex differences were found. Of all those hospitalized, 89% were male and 47% were black. The findings were reported in the February issue of Pediatrics.