Gun deaths are the third-leading cause of death for all children under the age of 17 in the United States, according to a report compiled from CDC data collected from 2002 to 2014 and published in the journal Pediatrics.
Gun homicides involving children decreased slightly over that period, but there has been a huge increase in gun suicides involving children since 2007. Eighty-two percent of child gun deaths are boys, and African American children are roughly 10 times more likely to be killed with a gun than white children. The report also concludes that children who live in the southern U.S. and the Midwest are more likely than those living in other parts of the country are more likely to be killed with guns.
Firearm injuries are “a serious pediatric and public health problem in the United States,” the reported concluded.