Definition: Firearm injuries are injuries that occur because a firearm has been discharged. They can be fatal or nonfatal, intentional or unintentional, and include homicides, assaults, suicides, suicide attempts, and unintentional shootings.
Between 2010 and 2014, an average of 6663, 6,600 children and youth ages 24 and under died due to firearm-related injuries (WISQARS).
Reducing firearm-related fatalities and injuries requires comprehensive prevention strategies. Best practices include:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online], Fatal Injury Reports, 2010-2014.