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US leads the world in child gun deaths
Death by gunshot was the second-highest cause of death in the United States in 2016 among children and adolescents ages 1 to 19, according to a study released Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study analyzed data from US death certificates from 57 jurisdictions. Comparing the data with that of previous years, the study authors found a 28% relative increase in the rate of firearm deaths from 2013. Over those three years, firearm homicide rose by 32% and firearm suicide rose by 26%, while unintentional firearm deaths remained relatively stable.