Gun Related Deaths Are The 3rd Leading Cause of Death for American Children

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Gun related deaths are the 3rd leading cause of death for American children.

Let that sink in.

Gun related deaths are the 3rd leading cause of death for American children*.

Today there was yet another school shooting.

More people have been killed at schools this year than have been killed while serving in the military. Ten people were killed at Santa Fe High School. Compare that to figures for the military compiled from Defense Department news releases, including both combat and noncombat deaths. Even excluding non-students who died in school shootings (for example, teachers) the total still exceeds military casualties.

Graphic by Washington Post

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*A study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that an average of 5,790 children in the United States receive emergency room treatment for gun-related injuries each year, and around 21 percent of those injuries are unintentional. The study also found that an average of 1,297 children die annually from gun-related injuries, making guns the third-leading cause of death for children in America (behind illnesses and unintentional injuries like drownings or car crashes). The number is based on data taken from 2012 to 2014 for children up to the age of 17.

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