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Child shooting deaths in the U.S. have increased 30% in a decade

by Alan Moses
HealthDay Reporter

July TUESDAY, 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Youth in the United States are 30 percent more likely to die from gun violence over the past decade, a grim new analysis finds.

Surge in firearm-related suicides and various firearm-related suicides among girls and non-Hispanic white children The rise in deaths appears to have largely driven the increased risk, investigators found. In fact, “the past decade may have seen by far the highest number of firearm deaths among children ,” said study co-author Jagdish Khubchandani, a professor of public health at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Khubchandani said the findings were, unfortunately, not shocking, “given the amount of gun ownership and use in the U.S. increasing power.” Still, the results are sobering. He said that by 2020, death at the hands of a firearm has become the leading cause of death among children. But there is a warning: those

states with the lowest gun violence death rates over the course of the previous decade have also been shown to have the strictest gun regulations. That, Khubchandani said, suggests there may be a future legislative way to protect American children. Khubchandani and James Price, co-author of the University of Toledo study, noted that previous Statistics show that gun violence poses a recognized threat to minors in the United States. For example, they point out that, taking into account all wealthy industrialized countries, gun-related deaths among children under 15 in the United States account for 90% of all such deaths globally. And in 2019, firearm-related unintentional injuries, murders and suicides accounted for the number of deaths among children under 10 in the United States Three of the top 10 causes of death 13.

To explore the value of trends in youth gun violence in the United States over a decade, Khubchandani and Price carefully researched there by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All gun deaths in the problem occur in boys and girls 19 and younger. Some deaths are considered accidental, while others are the result of an interaction of a suicide, murder or criminal nature.


Finally, the pair determined a 30% increased risk over the study time frame from 2010 to 2019. During this period, the suicide rate among young Americans rose by 63 percent. Among girls, gun-related deaths rose 46 percent. White youth also had a 45 percent higher risk, and black youth had a 36 percent higher risk. But the increased risk played a role

On the one hand, teen gun-related deaths in 18 states were low, and conclusions about risk trends could not be drawn, the study authors noted.

Meanwhile, while surveys of young Americans show that throughout the South, they are The risk of death increased by 52% after the interaction, while California and the three northeastern states (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) had no increased risk at all. A number-crunching analysis suggests one possible reason: All four states have relatively strict laws specifically restricting Access to firearms by children.

Conversely, of the seven states with the highest increases in child firearm-related deaths, there were Six states either don’t have child access to any kind of UN law or only have very weak laws. These states include South Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Kansas, Texas and Indiana.

“Reforming regulations and reviewing gun access is a major direct contributor to gun-related deaths among teens.” Meanwhile, He acknowledged that poverty, crime, household gun ownership and difficulty accessing mental health care may also play a role. If there is no major shift in these factors, “we may see a further escalation in this trend of teen gun deaths ,” he warned. The findings were recently published in the American Journal of Medicine Open.

Ari Davis is a policy analyst with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence in Washington, D.C. Davis warns that the current The analysis itself does not prove that stricter gun laws actually reduce the risk for young people. “However, there is a wealth of research that shows strong gun laws are associated with fewer gun deaths,” David pointed out. “Access Prevention Act Reduces Youth Suicide, Homicide, and Unintentional Injuries.”

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more broadly “This study highlights the growing teenage gun violence in our country,” Davis said. “Firearms are now the leading cause of death among children and children aged 1 to 19 in the U.S., more than car accidents or cancer more deaths,” Davis said. “We must treat gun violence like a public health epidemic and protect our children and prevent these deaths through evidence-based policies.”

More information

Johns Hopkins Gun Violence Solutions Center has more Content about gun violence.

Source: Jagdish Khubchandani, Ph.D., Professor of Public Health, Department of Public Health Sciences, New Mexico State University Las Cruces; Ari Davis, Policy Analyst, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Washington, DC; American Medical Journal Open, June 2022



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