July 18, 2023
The U.S. continues to have significantly more child and teen firearm deaths than its global peers and the margin is only growing, according to new analysis released today from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
During 2020 and 2021, firearms were the leading cause of death for U.S. children and teens, KFF report noted. During 2021, there were more than 4,700 child and teen deaths that involved firearms.
“The United States has by far the highest rate of child and teen firearm mortality among peer nations,” the report notes. “In no other similarly large, wealthy country are firearms in the top four causes of death for children and teens, let alone the number one cause.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems continue to focus on the toll of gun violence in our communities, while highlighting the need for solutions to reverse these discouraging trends.
HAP’s ongoing work to combat gun violence includes:
The KFF report is available to review online.
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