Disturbing findings are latest in string of recent research results

"More than twice as many American kids were shot dead in 2017 than active duty U.S. military personnel and on-duty police officers combined," according to the MinnPost report which also points out that: "A study published last December in the New England Journal of Medicine, for example, found that firearm injuries are the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. of young people aged 1 to 19."

The study's lead author called the epidemic "a major clinical, public health and policy challenge, noting that the rate of death in the USA is about six to nine times higher than in other developed nations," according to USA Today:

"Statistically significant increases in firearm-related deaths began in 2009, with the first epidemic among 5 to 14 year olds followed by a second epidemic that began in 2014 among 15 to 18 year olds," according to EurekAlert science news:

As of this morning, 614 children and teens have been shot to death in the US, according to the Gun Violence Archive: