Posted June 20, 2017 9:56 am by Comments

By Jennifer Cruz

(Graphic: Journal of Pediatrics)
Nearly 1,300 children die from gunshots each year and another 5,790 are treated for gunshot injuries, according to a new study published Monday in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
While the shear volume of gun deaths and injuries among children is staggering, the study shows boys, children between the ages 13-17 and minorities are disproportionately affected.
Males account for 82 percent of deaths, with black males most likely to be killed in gun-related incidents compared with other ages and races. The gun-related homicide rate for black children is nearly twice as much than for children of American Indian descent, four times higher than Hispanic children, and about 10 times higher than the rates for white and Asian youths.
(Graphic: Journal of Pediatrics)
Rates of gun-related suicide were highest among white and American Indian youths, with both rates almost four times that of black children and more than five times the rate of Asian children.
As for unintentional firearm deaths, black youths had the highest rate, ranking twice as high as white kids and four times that of Hispanic children.
Across the board, suicides and homicides were both most common in youth ages 13 to 17 years, while unintentional firearm deaths


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