Kids pay for our obsession with guns, as shootings are the third leading cause of death for children

We are a nation with a serious gun problem that can’t seem to come to terms with this. With mass shootings on the rise in the last several decades, it seems as if nothing will shame us into action—not even knowing that the problem is deeply impacting our children. But at the very least, we should not remain in denial. Gun violence is devastating the country and no one is being spared—least of all the nation’s kids. In fact, according to a new report, shootings are now the third leading cause of death for kids ages 1 to 17.

The results show that almost 1,300 children in the U.S. die from gunshot wounds yearly, and an additional 5,790 children are treated for gunshot wounds and survive each year, the researchers found. […]

In other words, “About 19 children a day die or are medically treated in

emergency department for a gunshot wound in the U.S.,” said lead study author Katherine A. Fowler, a behavioral scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

This is beyond maddening. Literally, it makes no sense. This is a completely solvable problem for which we refuse to come up with solutions. Some of these deaths are accidents and about 38 percent are suicides. But the vast majority, 53 percent, are homicides. And this should come as no surprise: there is a racial and gendered component to who is being impacted the most. Boys and black children are the most likely to die from shootings. 

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