Guns are the second leading killer of U.S. kids, after car crashes, according to a new report published Wednesday.
The gun fatality rate for U.S. children is 36 times higher than the rate in other developed nations, according to the analysis.
“The rate in the United States was 36.5 times as high as the overall rate observed in 12 other high-income countries.”.
The executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, which published the analysis, said the United States is failing to protect children.
Cunningham and colleagues used a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention database called WONDER to analyze all causes of death of U.S. children.
Mortality rates for the 10 leading causes of death in children and adolescents in the United States.
“Firearm injury, the second leading cause of death, is only a minor contributor to childhood mortality in other developed countries.”. »