Over the last 20 years, the number of children killed by guns in the U.S. has increased at a staggering rate. A study published by the American Journal of Medicine concluded that, in 2017, guns killed more American children than on-duty police officers and active-duty military personnel. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt College of Medicine analyzed National Center for Health Statistics data and found that 38,940 kids between ages 5 and 18 died from firearms between 1999 and 2017. Black children in particular were susceptible to gun violence and comprised of 41% of the deaths—86% of which were boys.
“It is sobering that in 2017, there were 144 police officers who died in the line of duty and about 1,000 active duty military throughout the world who died, whereas 2,462 school-age children were killed by firearms,” the study’s authors wrote. "These descriptive data indicate that mortality rates from firearms in United States schoolchildren are increasing at alarming rates especially among blacks and those aged 15 to 18 years."
The results of this study are the latest in a series of findings that reveal the extent to which American youth are victimized by gun violence. A study from last year revealed that firearms are the biggest killer of children after car crashes, and approximately eight kids are killed by guns every day.