Guns: The Leading Cause of Death for Children and Teens in 2020

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that gun-related injuries overtook car crashes and became the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in 2020.

Firearm-related deaths among those ages 1-19 rose nearly 30% from 2019 to 2020, the analysis says, more than doubling the increase of the general population. The overall rate of gun deaths of all reasons – suicide, homicide, unintentional and undetermined – among children and teenagers rose significantly overall.

Previously, gun-related deaths were second only to car crashes as the leading cause of death among young Americans. Car deaths, however, have fallen over time and in 2020 approximately 3,900 Americans under 19 died in vehicle crashes while 4,300 young Americans died from firearm-related injuries.

A separate study found that 7.5 million adults – about 3% of the population – became first-time gun owners during the pandemic between January and April 2021. This ultimately exposed 11 million people to household firearms, including five million children which could be associated with the significant increase in deaths.

Regardless, the increasing firearm-related mortality reflects a relevant trend and shows that we have failed to protect our youth from a preventable cause of death,” said a CDC official. There genuinely is so much work to do to save future generations from this tragedy.

This blog post is part of the CIMA Law Group blog. If you are located in Arizona and are seeking legal services, CIMA Law Group specializes in Immigration Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Government Relations.

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