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Guns kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children every day, study says

June 19, 2017 4:09 PM
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Nearly 1,300 children in the U.S. die from gunshot wounds annually, with death rates double for blacks and thousands more injured, says a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CHICAGO—Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence.

The analysis of 2002-14 U.S. data is billed as the most comprehensive study on the topic. While it mostly confirms previously released information, it underscores why researchers view gun violence as a public health crisis.

— The yearly toll is nearly 1,300 deaths and almost 6,000 nonfatal gunshot wounds — most of them intentional.

— Most deaths result from homicides and suicides, while assaults caused most of the nonfatal injuries.

— The annual death rate is nearly 2 out of 100,000 children — the rate is double for blacks — while nonfatal gunshot wounds injure almost 8 out of 100,000 kids each year.

— Suicides increased from 2007-14, from 325 to 532. The suicide rate increased 60 per cent over those years to 1.6 per 100,000. One-third of these kids were depressed and most had experienced a recent crisis, including relationship breakups and problems at school.

— Homicides fell from 2007-14, from 1,038 to 699, the rate dropping by 36 per cent to less than 1 per 100,000.

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