May 27, 2022

The CDC reported that there were 4,368 deaths by gunfire among US children and adolescents in 2020, the vast majority of them homicides. That means gun deaths inched past vehicle accidents as the #1 cause of death in that group.

I have a feeling that statistic is going to be widely quoted in the media. It’s important to note, however, that the CDC defines “children and adolescents” as anyone age 19 and under, which stretches well into legal adulthood and includes teenage gang members who account for the vast majority of shootings. Any gun deaths of young people are tragic and unacceptable, but if we’re going to find solutions, we first have to understand what the real problems and causes are.