19 children killed, injured every day in US by firearms: Study

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A new survey has found that gunfire kills or injures at least 19 children across the United States every day, with African-American teenagers being most affected by gun violence.

The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers, looking at data from death certificates and hospitals from 2002 through 2014, recorded a yearly toll of nearly 1,300 deaths and almost 6,000 nonfatal injuries from gun violence involving children ages 1 to 17.

The tally makes gunshot wounds the third leading cause of death for children.

Researchers also found that child suicide rate involving a firearm increased by 60 percent during that time, with majority of unintended deaths resulting from people playing with guns.

Homicides and suicides accounted for most of the child gun deaths while assaults caused most of the nonfatal injuries.

Boys were found to be especially vulnerable to gun violence,…

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