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More than 15 percent of childhood deaths in America are due to guns, study says

In 2016, 3,143 children and adolescents died of a gunshot wound in the United States, a new tally of childhood deaths finds. These children accounted for 15.4 percent of all those Americans between 1 and 19 who died in 2016, and a quarter of all those killed by injury rather than disease.

As they inch their way back to rates last seen in 1999, childhood deaths attributed to firearms generated 70 percent more grieving families than those produced by pediatric cancer (1,853) in 2016. Guns also created more than three times as many bereft families than did childhood drownings (995).

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