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Children & Teens

Firearms are the leading cause of death for children and teens (ages 1 to 19) in the United States.[mfn]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death, Injury Mechanism & All Other Leading Causes, Data from 2022. Ages 1 to 19.[/mfn] Every year, more than 21,000 children and teens are shot and killed or wounded[mfn]Everytown Research analysis of CDC, WONDER, Underlying Cause of Death, 2018–2022 and 2020 HCUP nonfatal injury data. Ages 0 to 19.[/mfn] and approximately 3 million are exposed to gun violence.[mfn]David Finkelhor et al., “Prevalence of Childhood Exposure to Violence, Crime, and Abuse: Results from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence,” JAMA Pediatrics 169, no. 8 (August 2015): 746-54, Everytown’s analysis derives the 3 million number by multiplying the share of children (ages 0 to 17) who are exposed to shootings per year (4 percent) by the total child population of the US in 2016 (~73.5 million).[/mfn]