Raising the Alarm on Firearm Deaths

Firearm deaths—the No. 2 cause of child and adolescent mortality—get appallingly short shrift in terms of prevention in America, where gun deaths of children are 36 times higher than other high-income countries.
A New England Journal of Medicine study—the first counting causes of child and adolescent death by mechanism—shows firearm death rates persist, although death from car crashes (the #1 cause) dropped over 50% in 20 years thanks to billions invested in prevention. Another standout takeaway: rates were similar in urban, rural and suburban settings.
“Firearm deaths of children and adolescents are an ‘everybody’ problem, not a problem for just a certain population,” says author Rebecca Cunningham.

University of Michigan Health Lab

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