"You'll Shoot Your Eye Out Kid;" New Study Shows Danger of BB Guns
The study shows that "shooting your eye out" might be the least of your worries, and that injuries from BB and pellet guns have become more serious than people expect.
"Parents who allowed their children to have these guns appeared to misperceive the danger posed by these weapons," the report says. "These are preventable injuries that usually affect unsupervised male children who inflict the injury on themselves or a friend."
The study looked at 29 cases where children were hurt while playing with a BB gun, and found that 17 sustained serious injury; nine required surgery, six suffered significant morbidity, and two small children died as a result of their injuries.
|Scut Farcus, the meanest guy in town in the 1983 classic film "A Christmas Story."|
Brain, eye, head, and neck injuries were found to be the most common. But, hey, with the Scut Farcuses of the world terrorizing schoolyards everywhere, these are risks some kids are willing to take.