Kaytlin Martino

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Firearm related deaths increase among children

As the nation still grieves the loss of 17 high school children from the most recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Cronkite News took a deeper look into just how many deaths among children are rooted from firearms in Arizona.

According to a 2017 report by the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, between the years of 2015 and 2016, firearm related fatalities increased by 29 percent. In 2016, firearm related deaths accounted for 5 percent of all child deaths and the numbers have steadily increased since.

Not all gun-related deaths among children have been the result of a mass shooting. 12 of firearm-related deaths were suicides while 24 were homicides.

A review team has determined that all firearm related deaths are preventable and have made up 11 percent of all preventable deaths.

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