Firearm Safety: Preventing Death by Homicide

On average, over 3,000 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 die each year in the U.S. from a firearm injury. In children and adolescents ages 0-19, almost 60% of those deaths are by homicide. In this infographic, Firearm Safety: Preventing Death by Homicide, from Children’s Safety Network, in collaboration with the Children’s Safety Now Alliance, you can learn more about how these rates differ by sex, race/ethnicity, and ways you can help keep children safe.

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Firearm Saftey: Prevention Death by Homicide Inforgraphic

FIREARM  SAFETY: Preventing Death by Homicide

  • Firearm homicide is the second leading cause of injury death for children and adolescents ages 0-19. *
  • Approximately nine children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 die by firearm injury each day in the U.S., and about five of those deaths are homicide-related firearm injury
  • Firearm injury homicide death rates increased by 5.8% per year on average between 2013 and 2019.**
  • More than half (57%) firearm injury deaths are related to homicide in children and adolescents ages 0-19.


Black youth have the highest rates of deaths by homicide

Firearm Homicide Rate by Race/Ethnicity Per 100,000 Children and Adolescents Ages 10-19
White 0.7
Black 9.6
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2.1
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6
Hispanic 1.8


Males have a higher firearm homicide rate than females

Firearm Homicide Death Rate by Sex Per 100,000 Adolescents Ages 10-19
  Male Female
Ages 0-9 4.9 0.8
Ages 10-19 Years 7.2 1.2


For Families: Store firearms safely, use gun safes or gun locks, and store bullets separately

For Clinicians: Screen caregivers of youth for the presence of a firearm in the home and educate them around firearm safety

For Schools and Communities: Provide social and emotional learning and behavioral skills training to youth to reduce violence and prevent harmful use of firearms



*All data from CDC WISQARS, 2016-2019 unless noted.

** Joinpoint regression analysis (on data from CDC WISQARS, 2013-2019) provided annual percent change for the time points in which firearm injury trends significantly changed.