Beijing, August 23 (Xinhua) -- A new study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics on the 21st shows that in the most recent year for which relevant data are available, that is, in 2021, a total of 4,752 children and adolescents aged 19 and under died from guns in the United States, a record high.
A woman looks at white silk flowers on the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 13, 2021. On that day, 40,000 white silk flowers were placed on the lawn of the National Mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument to honor those killed in shootings across the United States. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Liu Jie
The study, titled "Trends and Disparities in Child Deaths from Firearms," is based on an analysis of mortality statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study showed that 4,752 children and adolescents died from guns in 2021, up from 4,368 in 2020 and 3,390 in 2019. In terms of gender, 84.8% were male; In terms of age, 82.6% were between 15 and 19 years old; By nature, 64.3 per cent were homicides and 29.9 per cent were suicides.
On January 31, in Half Moon Bay, California, people held candles to mourn the victims of the shooting. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wu Xiaoling
The study was published in the Journal of Pediatrics, a division of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says gun violence has become the number one cause of death among children and adolescents in the United States since 2020. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that more be done to address the root causes of gun violence in this population and ensure that measures are in place.
On April 17, people displayed photographs of victims of gun violence during a gun control march in Washington, D.C., calling for a ban on the sale of assault weapons and a response to gun violence in the United States. Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Aaron)
Reuters quoted Anne Andrews, a pediatrician and gun violence prevention researcher in South Carolina who did not participate in the above study, on the 22nd as saying that when she became a doctor, she "never thought I would take care of so many children with bullet holes", "but the fact is that in every children's hospital across the United States, there are children with gunshot wounds in pediatric intensive care units."
People walk past the "No Gun Zone" sign in the neighborhood of New York Times Square on September 1, 2022. Xinhua News Agency (photo by Guo Ke)
Iman Omer, a Vanderbilt University student and anti-gun violence advocate, said the results of the American Academy of Pediatrics study, while scary, are not surprising. Omer went to the Tennessee State Capitol on the 22nd to participate in a protest demanding stricter gun-related laws. (Qiao Ying)
Source: Xinhua News Agency