NYTimes: Why More American Children Are Dying by Gunfire

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The increase in ghost guns, as well as a lack of care in securing guns in homes away from children, has led to a surge in tragic gun deaths of children in recent times. Oftentimes, kids find guns thinking they are toys, leading to tragic, preventable deaths. Experts attribute this rise in gun violence against children to increases in homicide rates and Covid-19 trauma, which has significantly increased gun purchases. The number of children dying by gun is still lower than adults, but the circumstances, including accidents and lack of regulation of weapons by adults are what people are finding alarming. While public health officials continue to navigate this surge, many people think that awareness is waning, as Black and Hispanic children, and poorer neighborhoods are affected more than White and affluent neighborhoods. To read the full article, click here. To read more about gun violence, click here.

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