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Release Date: September 16, 2009
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The latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 3,184 children and teens died from gunfire in the United States in 2006—a 6 percent increase from 2005. This means one young life lost every two hours and 45 minutes, almost nine every day, 61 every week.
Of these deaths, 2,225 were homicides, 763 were suicides and 196 were due to an accident or undetermined circumstances. Boys accounted for 2,815 of the deaths; girls for 369 deaths. More than five times as many children and teens—17,451—suffered non-fatal gun injuries.
The United States remains one of the few industrialized countries that place so few restrictions on gun sales. There are more than 270 million privately owned firearms in our country—the equivalent of nine firearms for every 10 men, women and children.
The daily news is a grim reminder of the devastating impact caused by our deadly romance with guns and violence. What will it take for us to stop this senseless loss of young lives? Individuals and communities must act to end the culture of violence that desensitizes us to the value of life.
There are actions all of us can take now to protect children and teens from gun violence:
This latest Protect Children, Not Guns report provides key findings on child gun deaths including firearm deaths of children and teens by:
The report also provides various ways we can step up and take action to protect children and teens from gun violence.
Read CDF President Marian Wright Edelman's Child Watch® Column, "Shooting Deaths of Children Rose for Second Straight Year."
Between 1994 and 2004, the annual number of firearm deaths of children and teens decreased by more than 50 percent.
United States Total: 3,184