A: Bullets. On average, every year, 1,300 American children, aged one through 17, die from gunshots. That’s a weekly toll of 25 kids shot dead.
Q: What kills 1,300 US Kids Yearly?
THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH
Deaths by gunshot are the third leading cause of death among all US children, surpassing deaths from such illnesses as: pediatric congenital anomalies, heart disease, influenza and/or pneumonia, and more, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adding the children who are merely seriously wounded by firearms, brings the total up to about 5,800 children injured or killed by gunfire every year.
• Boys are 82% of all childhood gunshot deaths.
• Gunshot homicides of black children are ten times higher than those of white children.
• White and Native American children are four to five times more likely to commit suicide using a gun than by any other means.
• The District of Columbia and Louisiana have the highest rate of child gunshot deaths.
• Most children who die of unintentional gun injuries are shot by another, same-aged child—most often while playing with a gun or showing it to others.
• The rate of accidental gunshot deaths is twice as high for black children as for white children.
HEIGHTENING THE RISK OF GUNSHOT DEATH
• Academic problems.
• Peer pressure to be more aggressive.
• Limited adult supervision.
• Living in an unstable community with gang activity, drug sales, unemployment, and/or poverty.
Note: Data in this article came from the CDC and from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), and was analyzed by researchers writing in Pediatrics.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
• nytimes.com - Basis of article
• nbcnews.com - Data on children killed by gunfire
• cdc.gov - One source of research data for article
• bbc.com - Data on children killed by gunfire
• amjmed.org - Kids gunfire deaths in US vs other developed nations