A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that guns were the leading cause of death for children and adolescents in the United States in 2020. Studies have shown that people aged 1-19 are more likely to die from firearms than from car accidents, cancer or drug overdoses.
In 2020, 4,300 people died due to firearm injuries, an increase of 29 percent over the previous year. This information was based on death information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I’m talking NBC News “For the first time in 40 years, and almost certainly before that, this is the first time a firearm has surpassed a motor vehicle accident among children,” says author Jason Goldstick.
According to current data, the majority of children killed by gunfire in 2020 were 14 years of age or older. Another study from the American College of Physicians found that gun ownership increased dramatically during the lockdown imposed during the coronavirus epidemic. It states that between 2019 and 2021, more than 5 million children under the age of 18 have been exposed to guns.
More research is emerging after a tragic shooting at an elementary school in Uwald, Texas. The shootings have once again sparked a heated debate over gun safety and accessibility in the United States, with President Joe Biden pledging earlier this week to push for a “more reasonable” approach to gun control in light of the country’s latest mass shootings.