In a recently pre-released article in Pediatrics (10.1542/peds.2020-042697), Dr. Joanna Cohen and colleagues use publicly available data to compare the relationship between new gun ownership and childhood firearm injuries in the COVID-19 pandemic period (March-August 2020) versus a pre-pandemic time period (March –August 2016-2019). The authors examine the rates of fatal and non-fatal firearm injuries incurred by children 12 years of age and under, and those inflicted by children 12 years and under, and relate these data to the average number of new firearm acquisitions. By comparing these data for the pandemic and pre-pandemic time periods, the article gives us a window into a previously unexplored and dark corner that the pandemic appears to have impacted. The results are frightening

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