Deaths due to firearms account for almost one-quarter of all injury-related deaths among U.S. children ages 0 – 19. On average, annually over 3,300 U.S. children die and 13,000 suffer non-fatal wounds from firearms.1 There are many proven strategies to prevent firearm-related injuries to children and youth, including the safe storage of firearms, focusing prevention efforts on the people and places most likely to be affected, and removing firearms from the home if your child is experiencing a mental health problem or life crisis. Learn more about firearm safety in CSN’s Firearm Safety 2021 Resource Guide.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. (2005) [2017-2019] Available from URL: www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars; Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). Content last reviewed March 2021. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.