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14 Facts That Show How Gun Violence Affects American Kids

Nearly 20 U.S. children are shot every day.

If a society can be measured by how safe it keeps its kids, then America looks anything but great. Government data and academic research on gun violence show that young people in the United States are at disturbing risk of getting shot — by other children, by their parents, by themselves, by strangers. No space is safe: children are struck by bullets at home, at the park, at school.

So far this year, at least 50 people have been shot or killed on a K-12 or college campus, and the country averaged one school shooting every week, according to a report from CNN. (This includes incidents that took place on school grounds where at least one person was shot, not counting the shooter.) The tally of school shootings includes the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and staff dead — a killing spree that made international headlines. It also includes other shootings that soon faded from the national consciousness, like the attack at a high school in Benton, Kentucky, in which two teenagers were shot to death and 14 others were injured.

Drill down into the statistics on gun violence, and the damage becomes even more stark: Nineteen children a day killed or hurt by guns that were too easy to access; more than 187,000 students studying in schools where shots have rung out since Columbine; hundreds of millions of dollars spent on medical treatment to save young lives. But as common as it may be for American children to be struck by bullets, their rates of victimization are not happenstance. Rather, these statistics are the product of our country’s prevalence of firearms (265 million guns in circulation, according to the best available estimate), and pro-gun policies and gun-industry marketing that can lead to unsafe behaviors among adults who possess firearms while raising children.

Nearly 20 American children are shot every day.

On average, 1,300 children die and nearly 5,800 are treated for gunshot wounds each year, according to a July 2017 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As The Trace’s Elizabeth Van Brocklin put it, that’s “at least two Little League lineups worth of children” shot every 24 hours.

The vast majority of gun-violence victims are boys, who comprise 82 percent of those killed by bullets. Homicide rates are disproportionately high among African-Americans; suicide rates are disproportionately high among whites and American Indians.

More children die from guns in the U.S. than in any other high-income nation.

Among wealthy, industrialized countries, 91 percent of children under 15 killed by guns die in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. The same report found that young Americans (ages 15 to 24) are 49 times more likely to die by gunfire than their peers in other high-income countries.

One in three gun-owning families keeps a loaded firearm in the home.

There are no official statistics on gun ownership in the United States, but a 2016 survey of 1,444 gun owners from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provided one measure of American children’s proximity to firearms. The poll found that 34 percent of families with children under 18 keep guns at home.

Many gun-owning families also store their firearms in ways that can make it easy for children to access them. The same survey found that 45 percent of gun-owning parents reported storing at least one gun in an unsafe manner.  

A separate survey of 1,269 gun-owners from the Pew Research Center reached similar conclusions, finding that 44 percent of gun-owning parents say there is a gun at home that is “both loaded and easily accessible to them all of the time when they’re at home.”

Almost 40 percent of parents wrongly believe their kids don’t know where their guns are stored.

Research indicates that some gun-owning parents practice what might be thought of as the “Santa Claus” method of gun safety, believing that they’ve hidden their weapons where their kids couldn’t possibly find them. But just as it is with Christmas presents, children are often on to the hiding spots where parents believe they have secretly stashed their armaments.

Two researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and San Francisco General Hospital asked mothers and fathers in Alabama a series of questions about guns at home, including whether their kids knew where they stored guns. Then the academics queried the children directly about the whereabouts of guns in their homes, and if they’d ever played with the guns. Researchers found that 39 percent of parents wrongly believed that their kids did not know where guns were kept, and 22 percent were unaware that their children had played with the family’s guns.

Children are likely to play with a gun if they find one.

The National Rifle Association’s approach to child gun safety is Eddie Eagle, an animated bird who delivers lessons to children from pre-K through fourth grade on what to do in case they ever find a gun: “Stop! Don’t touch. Run away. Tell a grown-up.”

But as The Trace has previously reported, two separate studies have found the Eddie Eagle program ineffective at producing consistently safe behaviors when children find themselves with a firearm within reach. In one experiment involving more than a dozen 6- to 7-year-olds, when the kids “found” a gun that had been placed in the room by the researchers, only two children steered clear of the weapon.

Only 14 states have laws requiring adults to store guns so kids can’t get them.

As Mike Spies reported for The Trace, 14 states have laws that require adults to take precautions to secure their guns in such a way that children cannot access them. But these laws are rarely enforced, even when children die. An analysis from USA Today and The Associated Press of 152 accidental child-shooting deaths found that only half led to a criminal charge.

In Wayne County, Michigan — one of the jurisdictions that hands out some of the toughest penalties for adults who store their guns negligently — the prosecuting attorney, Kym Worthy, uses other criminal statutes to put parents behind bars when a child fires a gun. “You know children are in your home, and you don’t take the time to store a deadly weapon properly? That’s unconscionable,” she told The Trace in May.

Worthy believes that safe-storage mandates would motivate more adults to keep their firearms locked out of children’s reach, reducing the need for her office to step in.

Each day, more than one child commits suicide with a gun.

Suicide accounts for 38 percent of all gun deaths among young people. (For comparison, suicide accounts for about 60 percent of gun deaths across the total population.) About 500 children under 18 kill themselves with a gun every year on average, according to a study from the CDC. Gun suicide among teens has increased 60 percent between 2007 and 2014.

Psychologists and public health scientists believe that many gun suicides by children and teens are impulsive decisions in response to chronic emotional distress; the CDC report found that 71 percent of suicides were thought to have been precipitated by a relationship problem.

There is also extensive research to suggest that “suicidal crises are often short-lived,” according to Harvard’s Means Matter Campaign. A review of 90 studies that followed people who made suicide attempts concluded that about 70 percent of people who tried to kill themselves never attempted suicide again. The impulsive element of suicide is one reason why easy access to guns — which are incredibly lethal — can be so risky. One study of hospital data from eight states found that guns accounted for just six percent of suicide attempts but 54 percent of fatalities.

Every other day, a child kills or wounds another person in an accidental shooting.

The Trace analyzed data collected by the Gun Violence Archive from September 2014 through September 2016 and found that at least 295 children under the age of 13 wounded or killed someone with a gun. In at least 113 cases, the shooter was 3 years old or younger.

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  • Sep 04, 2014× A 2-year-old boy shot wounded 4 people in Middleburg, Florida. The shooter was the victims’ son. Read More…

  • Sep 05, 2014× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Humble, Texas. Read More…

  • Sep 13, 2014× Hayden Mayes, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Denmark, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Sep 13, 2014× A 7-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read More…

  • Sep 13, 2014× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Read More…

  • Sep 15, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Tallulah, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Sep 18, 2014× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 4-year-old boy in St. Louis, Missouri. The shooter was the victim’s cousin. Read More…

  • Sep 20, 2014× A 3-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Columbia, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Sep 21, 2014× A 11-year-old boy shot and wounded a boy in Marathon City, Wyoming. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Sep 29, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More…

  • Sep 29, 2014× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Sep 30, 2014× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Wilmington, Delaware. Read More…

  • Oct 05, 2014× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 6-year-old boy in McComb, Mississippi. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Oct 11, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Kenneth Blake Anderson, a 20-year-old man, in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Oct 11, 2014× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Nathan Majors, a 8-year-old boy, in Benton, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Oct 18, 2014× A boy shot and wounded a 48-year-old man in Gibson Township, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Oct 25, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Patrick Sanders, a 20-year-old man, in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Oct 27, 2014× Jaylen Lum, a 4-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Oct 29, 2014× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Nov 02, 2014× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded a 3-year-old girl in Lorrain, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Nov 02, 2014× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded Jerome Valdez, a 56-year-old man, in Clay Center, Kansas. Read More…

  • Nov 03, 2014× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded a 3-year-old boy in Baltimore, Maryland. The shooter was the victim’s cousin. Read More…

  • Nov 07, 2014× A boy shot and wounded himself in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Nov 08, 2014× A 9-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Nov 09, 2014× A 9-year-old boy shot and killed Damoni Troutman, a 5-year-old boy, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Nov 12, 2014× A 9-year-old girl shot and wounded a 8-year-old boy in Deland, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s sister. Read More…

  • Nov 14, 2014× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2014× A 6-year-old boy shot and killed Keshira Linnette, a 26-year-old woman, in Norfolk, Virginia. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2014× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2014× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded a 9-year-old girl in Newark, New Jersey. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2014× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded a 10-year-old boy in Stephens County, Oklahoma. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Nov 20, 2014× A 11-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Read More…

  • Nov 21, 2014× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Marion, Kansas. Read More…

  • Nov 21, 2014× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded Michael Holzwarth, a 3-year-old boy, in Lake Stevens, Washington. The shooter was the victim’s neighbor. Read More…

  • Nov 24, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed Christa Engles, a 26-year-old woman, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Nov 25, 2014× Ryan Welch, a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Nov 28, 2014× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Read More…

  • Nov 29, 2014× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 2-year-old in Palm Bay, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s sibling. Read More…

  • Nov 30, 2014× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy in Houston, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Dec 04, 2014× A 3-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Lehigh Acres, Florida. Read More…

  • Dec 06, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed Eric Brown, a 23-year-old man, in Stringtown, Oklahoma. The shooter was the victim’s relative. Read More…

  • Dec 15, 2014× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 4-year-old girl in Memphis, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Dec 15, 2014× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded a 7-year-old boy in Ravenden, Arkansas. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Dec 20, 2014× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded Christopher Richards, a 24-year-old man, in Paradise, Utah. Read More…

  • Dec 30, 2014× A 2-year-old boy shot and killed Veronica Rutledge, a 29-year-old woman, in Hayden, Idaho. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Dec 30, 2014× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Arab, Alabama. Read More…

  • Jan 08, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Nicholas Cardillo III, a 46-year-old man, in Lexington, North Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s grandson. Read More…

  • Jan 12, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 5-year-old boy in Richmond, Virginia. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jan 16, 2015× A 6-year-old girl shot and wounded a 8-year-old girl in Farmington, New Mexico. The shooter was the victim’s sister. Read More…

  • Jan 18, 2015× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in Delia, Kansas. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jan 19, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and killed Corbin Wiederholt, a boy, in Elmo, Missouri. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jan 21, 2015× Kaleb Ahles, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in East Lake, Florida. Read More…

  • Jan 21, 2015× Randell Parks, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jan 25, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read More…

  • Jan 26, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded a boy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The shooter was the victim’s nephew. Read More…

  • Jan 31, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot wounded 2 people in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The shooter was the victims’ son. Read More…

  • Jan 31, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded David Paulson, a 35-year-old man, in Hamlet, Indiana. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Jan 31, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 32-year-old man in Jasper, Alabama. The shooter was the victim’s nephew. Read More…

  • Feb 02, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Pamela Gillilan, a girl, in Davie, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Feb 07, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Gresham, Oregon. Read More…

  • Feb 09, 2015× Alexis Mercer, a 3-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in LeBleu Settlement, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Feb 10, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Stephan J. Miller, a 8-year-old boy, in Dalton, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Feb 11, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Orlando, Florida. Read More…

  • Feb 13, 2015× A 10-year-old girl shot and wounded a 8-year-old girl in Fresno, California. The shooter was the victim’s sister. Read More…

  • Feb 21, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Florissant, Missouri. Read More…

  • Feb 23, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 10-year-old boy in Laurel, Mississippi. Read More…

  • Feb 26, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed Matthew Cisneros, a 13-year-old boy, in Garland, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Feb 27, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Mar 01, 2015× Codrick McCall Jr., a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Mar 02, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 6-year-old boy in Houston, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Mar 03, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded a one-and-a-half-year-old boy in Hillsboro, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Mar 05, 2015× A boy shot and killed Stanley Custer, a 7-year-old boy, in Shungnak, Alaska. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Mar 06, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed DaVontae Ziegler, a 15-year-old boy, in Nashville, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Mar 09, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Green River, Wyoming. Read More…

  • Mar 10, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded Jakalon Jenkins, a 5-year-old boy, in Macon, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Mar 17, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded a 10-year-old girl in Comanche, Oklahoma. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Mar 19, 2015× A 2-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Chatsworth, Georgia. Read More…

  • Mar 21, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 14-year-old girl in Brooklyn, New York. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Mar 23, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 2-year-old girl in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Mar 26, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Mar 29, 2015× Jaxon Kullen White, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Jefferson, Georgia. Read More…

  • Mar 30, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded a 11-year-old boy in Mooresville, North Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Apr 03, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Raleigh, North Carolina. Read More…

  • Apr 03, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Apr 07, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded Marple Miller, a 54-year-old man, in Zephyrhills, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s grandson. Read More…

  • Apr 12, 2015× Braylon Robinson, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed a 1-year-old boy in Cleveland, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Apr 13, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Buckeye, Arizona. Read More…

  • Apr 14, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 7-year-old boy in Blackfoot, Idaho. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Apr 18, 2015× A less-than-5-year-old child shot and wounded a 9-year-old girl in Mercer, Pennsylvania. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Apr 20, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Leeds, Alabama. Read More…

  • Apr 23, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Underhill, Vermont. Read More…

  • Apr 30, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Peoria, Arizona. Read More…

  • May 04, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and killed Cameron Morris, a 4-year-old boy, in Allendale, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 06, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and wounded a 11-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s twin brother. Read More…

  • May 07, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded Qmarion Jones, a 4-year-old boy, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 08, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 3-year-old girl in Gary, Indiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 09, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded a girl in Lyndon, Kentucky. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • May 09, 2015× Benjamin Kelley, a 3-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in San Antonio, Texas. Read More…

  • May 12, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded a 4-year-old boy in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • May 13, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Read More…

  • May 15, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded a 1-year-old boy in Venice, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 15, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded a 17-year-old boy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 15, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and killed a 5-year-old boy in Redfield, Arkansas. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 18, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy in Stokes, North Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 19, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More…

  • May 19, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Atlanta, Georgia. Read More…

  • May 20, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded a 4-year-old boy in Snowville, Utah. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 20, 2015× A child shot and killed a 8-year-old boy in Ambler, Alaska. The shooter was the victim’s cousin. Read More…

  • May 23, 2015× Darius Coleman, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Jackson, Mississippi. Read More…

  • May 23, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed Deb Christner, a 28-year-old woman, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Read More…

  • May 25, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Lunenberg, Virginia. Read More…

  • May 25, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and killed Eh Thon Gar, a 22-year-old man, in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The shooter was the victim’s nephew. Read More…

  • May 25, 2015× Makayla Manners, a 4-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Yonkers, New York. Read More…

  • May 30, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Jun 09, 2015× Aabriel Jones Jr., a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Memphis, Tennessee. Read More…

  • Jun 11, 2015× Marques Green, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Hamilton, Ohio. Read More…

  • Jun 12, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Read More…

  • Jun 15, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Jade Sympton, a 22-year-old woman, in York, Pennsylvania. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Jun 21, 2015× A less-than-10-year-old child shot and wounded a 7-year-old boy in LaGrange, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jun 25, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Pontiac, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jun 28, 2015× Jonathan Kaufman, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Franklin Township, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jun 28, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 4-year-old girl in Cadiz, Kentucky. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jun 29, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed Jamymell Ray, a 31-year-old man, in Omaha, Nebraska. The shooter was the victim’s robber. Read More…

  • Jun 30, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Read More…

  • Jul 01, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Shreveport, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Jul 01, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Plant City, Florida. Read More…

  • Jul 02, 2015× Chris L. Palmer, a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Hampton, Virginia. Read More…

  • Jul 09, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy in Aurora, Colorado. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jul 11, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 7-year-old boy in West Palm Beach, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jul 13, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Wilmington, North Carolina. Read More…

  • Jul 14, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Conway, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Jul 14, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded a 10-year-old boy in Guntown, Mississippi. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jul 15, 2015× Deveonna Rimson, a 3-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Kansas City, Missouri. Read More…

  • Jul 16, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Spring, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 17, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 9-year-old boy in Saginaw, Michigan. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jul 18, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Columbia, Missouri. Read More…

  • Jul 19, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jul 20, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 6-year-old boy in Mobile, Alabama. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jul 21, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in St. Louis, Missouri. Read More…

  • Jul 22, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded a 6-year-old boy in Mobile, Alabama. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jul 23, 2015× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Nicoma Park, Oklahoma. Read More…

  • Jul 24, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Galveston, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 25, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in New Orleans, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Jul 25, 2015× A 7-year-old girl shot and wounded a 5-year-old boy in Beaverdam, Virginia. Read More…

  • Jul 29, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and killed Dalis Cox, a 3-year-old girl, in Washington D.C.. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 03, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Elijah Walker, a 3-year-old boy, in Detroit, Michigan. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 04, 2015× Darnel Mundy, a 3-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Miami, Florida. Read More…

  • Aug 05, 2015× Brayden Heath, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Anchorage, Alaska. Read More…

  • Aug 05, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded Issac Deemer, a 6-year-old boy, in Ford City, Pennsylvania. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 06, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed Allen Troyer, a 21-year-old man, in Smicksburg, Pennsylvania. The shooter was the victim’s cousin. Read More…

  • Aug 11, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded a 3-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 12, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Aug 16, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and killed Dorothy Reardean, a 25-year-old woman, in Douglas, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Aug 18, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and killed Divine Vaniah Chambliss, a 31-year-old man, in Hoover, Alabama. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Aug 19, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a one-and-a-half-year-old boy in Columbus, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 21, 2015× A 4-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in New Braunfels, Texas. Read More…

  • Aug 21, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More…

  • Aug 25, 2015× Carter Epps, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in St. Louis, Missouri. Read More…

  • Aug 25, 2015× Tandra Williams, a boy, shot and wounded a girl in Augusta, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s classmate. Read More…

  • Sep 03, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Lamonte Streeter, a 16-year-old boy, in St. Louis, Missouri. The shooter and victim were not acquainted. Read More…

  • Sep 04, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 5-year-old girl in Braxton, Mississippi. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Sep 20, 2015× A 11-year-old girl shot and wounded a 13-year-old girl in Ogden, Utah. The shooter was the victim’s sister. Read More…

  • Sep 22, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Erin Coffey, a 24-year-old woman, in Lake Placid, New York. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Sep 24, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Dallas, Oregon. Read More…

  • Oct 02, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Joseph Baily, a 12-year-old boy, in Carrollton, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Oct 03, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed McKayla Dyer, a 8-year-old girl, in White Pine, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s neighbor. Read More…

  • Oct 10, 2015× Clayton James Singleton, a 8-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read More…

  • Oct 11, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded a 40-year-old woman in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s grandson. Read More…

  • Oct 16, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded Pamela Gibson, a 53-year-old woman, in Cedar Grove, West Virginia. The shooter was the victim’s grandson. Read More…

  • Oct 18, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and killed Eian H. Santiago, a 3-year-old boy, in Chicago, Illinois. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Oct 19, 2015× A 3-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Rhine, Georgia. Read More…

  • Oct 23, 2015× Carlos Delgado, a 5-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Bartow, Florida. Read More…

  • Oct 24, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Mission, Texas. Read More…

  • Oct 27, 2015× Waylon Dennington, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Acworth, Georgia. Read More…

  • Nov 06, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Troy, Michigan. Read More…

  • Nov 10, 2015× Daylen Makhai Head, a 9-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Nov 11, 2015× Jayden Jamar Clay, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Jackson, Georgia. Read More…

  • Nov 12, 2015× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded a 8-year-old boy in Chicago, Illinois. The shooter was the victim’s relative. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2015× Savion Barrow, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded a 14-year-old girl in Jay, Oklahoma. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Nov 17, 2015× Blayden Ashley, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Benton, Arkansas. Read More…

  • Nov 18, 2015× A child shot and killed him or herself in Little Rock, Arkansas. Read More…

  • Nov 19, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Lubbock, Texas. Read More…

  • Nov 21, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and killed Andrew Turner, a 5-year-old boy, in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Nov 26, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Baltic, Ohio. Read More…

  • Nov 28, 2015× Ja’Mecca Smith, a 6-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Atlanta, Georgia. Read More…

  • Nov 30, 2015× Elijah Hoffman, a 3-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Nashville, Tennessee. Read More…

  • Dec 03, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Columbus, Georgia. Read More…

  • Dec 05, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in Stockton, California. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Dec 09, 2015× Phabion Kemarion Runnels, a 11-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Dallas, Texas. Read More…

  • Dec 11, 2015× Kaden Nagle, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in South Hutchinson, Kansas. Read More…

  • Dec 11, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed Sienna Owens, a 11-year-old girl, in Estill Springs, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s classmate. Read More…

  • Dec 12, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Chicago, Illinois. Read More…

  • Dec 15, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Imperial, Missouri. Read More…

  • Dec 19, 2015× A 6-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in San Diego, California. Read More…

  • Dec 23, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded a boy in Poway, California. The shooter and victim were not acquainted. Read More…

  • Dec 26, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Norfolk, Virginia. Read More…

  • Dec 28, 2015× William Anderson, a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Bethel, Alaska. Read More…

  • Jan 03, 2016× Jeremiah Danta-Benjamin Horsley, a 2-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Dubuque, Iowa. Read More…

  • Jan 03, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Spring, Texas. Read More…

  • Jan 04, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in St. Cloud, Florida. Read More…

  • Jan 04, 2016× A 8-year-old boy shot and killed a 9-year-old boy in Trinidad, Colorado. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jan 04, 2016× A less-than-11-year-old child shot and wounded Calvinyanna Sanders, a 2-year-old girl, in LaGrange, Georgia. Read More…

  • Jan 10, 2016× Manal "Cash" Abdelaziz, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Lumberton, North Carolina. Read More…

  • Jan 18, 2016× A 4-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Grandview, Missouri. Read More…

  • Jan 20, 2016× Karmelo Johnson, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Flint, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jan 23, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in South Bend, Indiana. Read More…

  • Jan 23, 2016× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Kadin Tige Mann, a 5-year-old boy, in Kokhanok, Alaska. Read More…

  • Jan 25, 2016× A 8-year-old boy shot and killed Tyler Fredrick McBride, a 7-year-old boy, in Crossville, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jan 27, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Waldorf, Maryland. Read More…

  • Jan 30, 2016× Isaiah Deloatch, a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Baltimore, Maryland. Read More…

  • Feb 06, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed Kimi Reylander, a 9-year-old girl, in Irondale, Alabama. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Feb 06, 2016× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Forney, Texas. Read More…

  • Feb 06, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a boy in Danielsville, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Feb 12, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded Jessica Barkley, a 30-year-old woman, in Louisville, Kentucky. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Feb 13, 2016× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read More…

  • Feb 16, 2016× A 10-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Durham, New Hampshire. Read More…

  • Feb 17, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Suffolk, Virginia. Read More…

  • Feb 20, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Michele Hanson, a 26-year-old woman, in Kentwood, Michigan. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Feb 21, 2016× A 6-year-old boy shot and killed James Lonaker, a 62-year-old man, in Hartsville, Indiana. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Feb 26, 2016× Christopher Griffith, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Sunman, Indiana. Read More…

  • Mar 01, 2016× A'letha Amanii Marie Burke, a 6-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Sanford, Florida. Read More…

  • Mar 07, 2016× Aubrey Davis, a 2-year-old girl, shot and wounded herself in Sacramento, California. Read More…

  • Mar 08, 2016× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Sandusky, Ohio. Read More…

  • Mar 09, 2016× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded Jamie Gilt, a 31-year-old woman, in Palatka, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Mar 19, 2016× A 8-year-old boy shot and killed Carmen Danielle Morris, a 23-year-old woman, in Palestine, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s relative. Read More…

  • Mar 20, 2016× Devon Lofton, a 7-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Chicago, Illinois. Read More…

  • Mar 21, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Lithonia, Georgia. Read More…

  • Mar 24, 2016× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Birmingham, Alabama. Read More…

  • Mar 25, 2016× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in San Angelo, Texas. Read More…

  • Mar 26, 2016× A 3-year-old child shot and wounded Travis Sorensen, a 25-year-old man, in Rigby, Idaho. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Mar 26, 2016× A 11-year-old child shot and wounded a 11-year-old girl in Memphis, Tennessee. Read More…

  • Apr 04, 2016× Abram Brown, a 11-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Rutherfordton, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Apr 07, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Apr 07, 2016× A 11-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Apr 20, 2016× Kiyan Shelton, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More…

  • Apr 21, 2016× Sha’Quille Kornegay, a 2-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Kansas City, Missouri. Read More…

  • Apr 22, 2016× Za’veon Amari Williams, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Apr 22, 2016× A 4-year-old girl shot and wounded a boy in Arlington, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s relative. Read More…

  • Apr 23, 2016× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy in New Orleans, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Apr 26, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and killed Patrice Price, a 26-year-old woman, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Apr 26, 2016× Holston Cole, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Dallas, Georgia. Read More…

  • Apr 27, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Grout Township, Michigan. Read More…

  • Apr 28, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 5-year-old boy in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Apr 29, 2016× A 3-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Augusta, Georgia. Read More…

  • Apr 29, 2016× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Savannah, Georgia. Read More…

  • Apr 29, 2016× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Lebanon, Tennessee. Read More…

  • May 01, 2016× Noah Sarver, a 10-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More…

  • May 07, 2016× A 2-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Smyrna, Tennessee. Read More…

  • May 08, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded a boy in Baltimore, Maryland. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • May 08, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • May 10, 2016× Mariah Davis, a 5-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • May 14, 2016× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 3-year-old girl in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 17, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Beaumont, Texas. Read More…

  • May 20, 2016× A 3-year-old child shot and killed Melina H. Torres, a 7-year-old girl, in Beverly, Illinois. Read More…

  • May 21, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Denver, Colorado. Read More…

  • May 21, 2016× Hayley Moore, a 5-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in LaPlace, Louisiana. Read More…

  • May 24, 2016× A 10-year-old girl shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy in Bennettsville, South Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • May 26, 2016× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded a 7-year-old boy in Atlanta, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 26, 2016× A 10-year-old boy shot and killed Kahlil Burt, a 11-year-old boy, in Roanoke, Virginia. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jun 05, 2016× A 10-year-old girl shot and wounded a 9-year-old girl in St. Louis, Missouri. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jun 07, 2016× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Redford Township, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jun 08, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Augusta, Georgia. Read More…

  • Jun 17, 2016× Jett Osburn, a 2-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Texarkana, Arkansas. Read More…

  • Jun 17, 2016× Jayden Jawan Choate, a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Elgin, Iowa. Read More…

  • Jun 24, 2016× Sani Holmes, a 4-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Jun 25, 2016× A 5-year-old boy shot and killed Christopher Spruill, a 4-year-old boy, in East Orange, New Jersey. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jun 25, 2016× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded a 8-year-old boy in Cleveland, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jun 25, 2016× Paxton Shannon, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Avinger, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 08, 2016× A 7-year-old boy shot and killed Frank R.M. DuBois, a 43-year-old man, in Alma, Michigan. The shooter was the victim’s step son. Read More…

  • Jul 11, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Seattle, Washington. Read More…

  • Jul 14, 2016× Gavin Stiles, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Read More…

  • Jul 15, 2016× Christopher Scurry Jr, a 8-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Port Orange, Florida. Read More…

  • Jul 16, 2016× Sincere Peek, a 5-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read More…

  • Jul 18, 2016× Brooklyn Samiya Davis, a 3-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Gaston, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Jul 20, 2016× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 2-year-old boy in Texas City, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jul 20, 2016× Thomas Paisie III, a 7-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Macon, Georgia. Read More…

  • Jul 24, 2016× A child shot and wounded a less-than-1-year-old boy in Meridan, Mississippi. Read More…

  • Jul 25, 2016× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Dunkirk, New York. Read More…

  • Jul 26, 2016× Edgar Padilla, a 5-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 28, 2016× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Alvin, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 31, 2016× Carmello Ibarguen, a 11-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 31, 2016× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Aug 02, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and killed Melvin Brady, a 5-year-old boy, in Marrero, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 02, 2016× A 11-year-old boy shot multiple people a in Coward, North Carolina. Read More…

  • Aug 06, 2016× A 6-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Weiser, Idaho. Read More…

  • Aug 07, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy in Texarkana, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 11, 2016× A 4-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Louisville, Kentucky. Read More…

  • Aug 12, 2016× A less-than-13-year-old boy shot and wounded a 73-year-old man in Corpus Christi, Texas. Read More…

  • Aug 16, 2016× Kristopher Courson, a 11-year-old boy, shot and killed Jessie O'Neal Courson, a 9-year-old boy, in Byhalia, Mississippi. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 18, 2016× A 11-year-old child shot and wounded Lennox, a 1-year-old boy, in Harvey, Illinois. The shooter was the victim’s cousin. Read More…

  • Aug 25, 2016× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Lawrence, Kansas. Read More…

  • Aug 28, 2016× A child shot and wounded him or herself in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read More…

  • Aug 31, 2016× A 11-year-old child shot and wounded a 11-year-old boy in Abington, Massachusetts. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Aug 31, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Phoenix, Arizona. Read More…

Source: Gun Violence Archive

In its 2017 study of children and gun violence, the CDC found that most unintentional shootings of kids happen while they are playing with guns they have found. Among accidental gun deaths of children under age 13, the gun was mistaken for a toy in 16 percent of the cases.

Kids are regularly shot in domestic violence incidents.

The casualties of domestic shootings frequently include not only the spouse or partner of the armed abuser, but children who become “collateral victims.” While this distinct category of gun violence is one of the many for which thorough federal data is unavailable, a CDC analysis of a decade’s worth of statistics from 17 states, including Colorado, Georgia, and Massachusetts, provides a clue as to what this carnage looks like on a national level. The agency found that from 2003 through 2013, a total of 179 children under 18 were shot and killed in domestic-violence incidents. Half of those victims were younger than 13.

Black teenage boys are particularly at risk of being shot to death.

More than 70 percent of all homicides in 2015 were “firearm homicides.” Following that ratio, roughly a third of all of African-American males who die young, between the ages of 15 and 19, are killed by a gun.

In cities like Chicago, where gun violence has spiked in recent years and disproportionately affects black residents, the firearm homicide rate for youth is even higher. According to a database maintained by the Chicago Tribune, 38 children under the age of 17 were fatally shot last year.

Another database covering the Chicago area, maintained by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, found that from August 2014 through January 2018, the most common age to die by gun was 21 — as many as 140 people aged 21 had been fatally shot in that time period.

Five percent of high school students have carried a gun outside the home.

The CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance survey monitors how often young people engage in behaviors that could be harmful to their well-being, like smoking, drug use, eating a poor diet — or carrying a weapon. About one in 20 high school students, or roughly one per the average home room, have carried a gun outside the home, according to the 2015 edition of the annual nationwide questionnaire. The survey also found that nationwide, 5.6 percent of students reporting missing at least one day of school because they were afraid for their safety.

More than 187,000 children have experienced a school shooting.

The number comes from an ongoing Washington Post project exploring childhood exposure to gun violence, and is drawn from incidents occurring in schools serving students in kindergarten through through 12th grade between 1999 and 2017. (The figure doesn’t include children who have witnessed or been part of gun violence outside of school.) In all, at least 164 schools across the country have recorded a shooting on campus over the past two decades.

Medical costs for pediatric gun-related injuries top a third of a billion dollars a year.

In an article published in the journal Hospital Pediatrics, the authors set out to calculate the cumulative hospital tab for gunshot victims aged 21 and younger. Their figures included the costs of patching up patients treated in emergency rooms, and those who died of their wounds. The final figure, as shown below, is staggering.

Just 13 percent of parents have discussed guns with their pediatrician.

Many public health experts believe doctors can play a role in preventing child gun deaths, namely by offering guidance on how to store guns safely, helping parents to understand the risk of injuries and fatalities, and identifying potential warning signs of suicide. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises doctors to discuss gun storage with parents and offers brochures that physicians can display in case they feel uncomfortable bringing up such a sensitive topic.

survey of more than 1,200 parents of young children found that the majority of parents want to have such conversations. In fact, 71 percent of gun owners said that doctors should offer guidance about safe storage. Seventy-eight percent of non-gun owners agreed. Despite that support, only 12.8 percent of parents said they’d had a discussion with their doctor about guns.

2014 study found that the overwhelming majority (85 percent) of doctors believe that gun injuries are a public health problem, but most doctors avoid asking patients about firearms. Dr. Garen Wintemute, a professor at the University of California/Davis School of Medicine, who has studied the issue, told The Trace that physicians believe that they’re not allowed to ask patients about guns, or that they’re afraid to broach such a sensitive topic.

The National Rifle Association has done its part to squelch dialogue about guns between parents and doctors — even going so far as to try to get it outlawed. In Florida, a 2011 statute informally known as “Docs vs. Glocks” barred physicians from asking patients about their firearms. Proponents claimed that asking patients about gun ownership was an infringement of their Second Amendment rights. Doctors could be fined $10,000 or have their licenses revoked for violating the rule.

In February 2o17, a federal appeals court ruled part of the law unconstitutional.

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