Government data and academic research on children and gun violence show that the young people of the United States are at disturbing risk of getting shot — by other children, by their parents, by themselves, by strangers.
…Nineteen kids a day killed or hurt by guns that were too easy to access; 135,000 students studying in schools where shots have rung out; hundreds of millions of dollars spent on medical treatment to save young lives.
…On average, 1,300 children die and nearly 5,800 are treated for gunshot wounds each year, according to a July 2017 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As The Trace’s Elizabeth Van Brocklin put it, that’s “at least two Little League lineups worth of children” shot every 24 hours.
…Among wealthy, industrialized countries, 91 percent of children under 15 killed by guns die in the United States. The same report found that young Americans (ages 15 to 24) are 49 times more likely to die by gun than their peers in other high-income countries.
…For African-American boys between the ages of 10 and 14, homicide is the second-leading cause of death, at 11 percent. That proportion more than quadruples as this cohort ages: 49 percent of deaths of African-American males between 15 and 19 are homicides — more than the next nine leading causes of death combined. Their white counterparts die from homicides in less than 8 percent of deaths.
Nearly 70 percent of all homicides in 2014 were “firearm homicides,” which means that roughly 34 percent of African-American males who die between the ages of 15 and 19 are killed by a gun.