weapons they are the leading cause of death for children and teens in the US, since surpassing car crashes in 2020.
Firearms accounted for nearly 19% of child deaths (ages 1-18) in 2021, according to the Wonder database of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 3,600 children died in gun-related incidents that year. That’s about five missing children for every 100,000 children in the United States. In no other comparable country are firearms among the top four causes of infant mortality, according to a KFF analysis.
He shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville Monday marks the 16th shooting this year in grades K-12 and the deadliest since the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, last year, according to a CNN analysis of school shooting data. Six people — three children and three adults — were killed.
Child and adolescent mortality in general increased during the Covid-19 pandemic – driven not by Covid-19 deaths but by fatal injuries, according to a new study in JAMA. Firearms accounted for almost half of the increase in mortality in 2020.