Guns projected to become leading cause of death for young people in the US

If current trends continue, gun deaths (among 15-24 year-olds) are projected to outnumber car accident deaths next year for the first time since 1994, according to a new report from genprogress.orgYOUNG GUNS: HOW GUN VIOLENCE IS DEVASTATING THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION, which states:

“American children and teenagers are 4 times more likely to die by gunfire than their counterparts in Canada, 7 times more likely than young people in Israel, and 65 times more likely to be killed with a gun than children and teenagers in the United Kingdom. There is a crisis of youth gun violence in this country.”

Young people walk past the scene the scene where a teenager was shot and killed last week in North Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Young people walk past the scene the scene where a teenager was shot and killed last week in North Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

As we recently reported, more than 10,000 children in the US are killed or injured due to gun violence every year, amounting to more than one child shot every hour.

At the same time, school shootings spiked across the US in January, including three incidents in the Philadelphia region.

Here are some of the latest reports of children killed or wounded by gunfire across the US since our last update:

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