It is always sad when a child dies…..and there are many different reasons for the demise….accidents, hunger, illness, suicide, etc….but for the first time in our history another category can be added…..death by gun.
Guns became the leading cause of death among children and teens in 2020, killing more people ages 1 to 19 in the U.S. than vehicle crashes, drugs overdoses or cancer.
More than 4,300 died of firearm-related injuries that year — a 29 percent increase from 2019 — according to a research letter published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The letter analyzed decades of mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“In the last 40 years, and almost certainly before that, this is the first time that firearm injuries have surpassed motor vehicle crashes among kids,” said a co-author of the letter, Jason Goldstick, a research associate professor at the University of Michigan.
Goldstick said homicides, rather than suicides, made up the majority of firearm deaths among children and teens in 2020. Gun killings, which disproportionately affect younger Americans, went up by 33 percent from 2019 to 2020.
Think about that stat for a moment.
Am I the only one that thinks this is a deplorable stat?
Every week we have at least one mass shootings…..and yet no one does anything but bitch about gun rights.
Words are doing NOTHING!
Thoughts and prayer are doing NOTHING!
And while we wait for some actions more people MUST die…..more children MUST die.
How sick is that?
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