Firearm deaths among children and youth.


Nationally, homicide and suicide are the 2nd and 3rd leading causes of death among children and youth under the age of 21. Sixteen to 19-year-olds now have the highest rate of handgun victimization among all age groups. The firearm suicide rate for White males is over 4 times higher than the rate for African American males, whereas the firearm homicide rate is over 9 times higher for African American males. Almost half of all deaths among African American male teenagers now involve firearms. Multiple steps, both short- and long-term, need to be taken to reduce firearm death rates among children and youth. Some of the possible methods to do so are discussed.

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@article{ODonnell1995FirearmDA, title={Firearm deaths among children and youth.}, author={Clifford R O'Donnell}, journal={The American psychologist}, year={1995}, volume={50 9}, pages={771-6} }