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Magnitude of Firearm-Related Fatalities in Children & Youth

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Dec. 2013

In 2010, 6,581 children and youth ages 0-24 died from firearm-related injuries in the US. The Magnitude of Firearm-Related Fatalities in Children and Youth breaks down the firearm-related fatalities of children and youth by age and intent. This is the second infographic in a three-part series of infographics on firearms. 

The other infographics in the series are available here:  

Print version of The Magnitude of Firearm-Related Fatalities in Children and Youth infographic with sources

In 2010, 6,581 children and youth ages 0-24 died from firearm-related injuries in the US. CSN has released this infographic, which examines the magnitude of firearm-related injuries for children and youth.

THE MAGNITUDE OF FIREARM-RELATED FATALITIES IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH

In 2010, 6,581 children and youth ages 0-24 died from firearm-related injuries in the US

380 deaths were children ages 0-14. 6,201 deaths were youth ages 15-24 (WISQARS, 2010)

 

Homicides: 4,108 (64%)

Suicides: 2,127 (32%)

Unintentional: 207 (3%)

Other: 139 (2%) (WISQARS, 2010)

 

Of the homicides where the type of firearm was known, at least 72% involved handguns (Supplementary Homicide Report, 2011)

Youth ages 15-24 are more likely to die from firearm-related injuries than adults or children
Per 100,000:

  • .6 children ages 0-14
  • 14 youths ages 15-24
  • 12 adults ages 25+

die of firearm-related injuries (WISQARS, 2010)

Firearm-related injuries account for 1 out of 5 fatalities of youth ages 15-24 (WONDER, 2013)

 

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Sources

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services. Supplementary Homicide Report (p. Accessed January 2013).

WISQARS. (2010). Fatal Injury Data. WISQARS (p. Accessed April 15th, 2013 by R. Hunt). Atlanta, GA. Retrieved from http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate10_us.html

WONDER. (2010). Compressed Mortality File 1999-2010 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released January 2013. Data are compiled from Compressed Mortality File 1999-2010 Series 20 No. 2P, 2013 (p. Accessed April 16th, 2013 by R. Hunt). Atlanta, GA. Retrieved from http://wonder.cdc.gov/cmf-icd10.html