This is a terrifying statistic.
Courtesy of Newsweek:
The number of children killed by guns has risen at an alarming rate and to epidemic proportions in the past two decades, according to researchers.
More children were shot dead in 2017 than on-duty police officers and active duty military, a study published in The American Journal of Medicine showed.
The team at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine assessed the most recent data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics and found that 38,940 children aged between 5 to 18 years old died in circumstances involving a firearm between 1999 and 2017.
Some 6,464 deaths involved children between 5 to 14 years of age, amounting to 340 deaths annually on average. A further 32,478 children between 15 to 18 years old died, or 2,050 per year on average between 1999 and 2017.
Of these children, 61 percent were killed in an assault involving a firearm, while 32 percent died by suicide. A further 5 percent died in an accident. The death was undetermined in 2 percent of cases.
Black children were found to be particularly vulnerable to gun violence, making up 41 percent of deaths studied. Of those, 86 percent were boys.
The very idea that as a country we cannot do a better job than this of protecting our children from gun violence is completely indefensible.
We know what needs to be done, and yet we lack the courage to do it.