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Guns now the leading cause of death for children as firearm-related fatalities soar in US and Illinois: ‘It’s a horrifying and terrible trend’

Posted on AllSides June 3rd, 2022
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Of the children who survive their injuries, Henry said many still face serious medical complications, including disabilities caused by paralysis, abdominal and gastrointestinal damage, the need for a colostomy and lifelong mental health struggles.

Firearm-related deaths increased by 28% from 2019 to 2020 — the most recent data available — from 7,947 gun-related deaths in 2019 among children and people age 24 and younger to 10,197 in 2020, according to a report released this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In Illinois, firearm deaths spiked from 1,367 deaths in...

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