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An analysis by the Washington Post finds that firearms killed more children and teens in 2020 than car crashes, which have long been the leading cause of death for young adults.

This change resulted from a 30 percent increase in the number of gun deaths for people 19 and younger in 2020. The paper found that gun deaths continued to outpace cars for that age group in 2021, as the gun homicide rate increased. Firearms increased by an additional 8 percent.

Subsequent analysis has been revised The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records deaths for people ages 1 to 19 from 2011 through October 2021. A research letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) last week indicated that firearms became the leading cause of death in those Ages 2020, deaths from motor vehicles, which include pedestrians, cyclists and skaters.

The Washington Post found deep racial disparities within the overall pattern. Non-Hispanic black youths are the only group for whom firearms are more lethal than cars. The paper found that for non-Hispanic whites, Hispanic Americans, and non-Hispanic Native Americans, cars still kill more young people than guns do.

Young blacks, who have long suffered one of the highest rates of gun deaths Among all racial and ethnic groups, experienced a A jump of 39 percent – the largest increase – in 2020. The rate of lions Young An additional 13 percent increase in the first 10 months of 2021, the most recent CDC death records are available.

Gun deaths also increased by 37 percent among Hispanic youth in 2020 and 17 percent among non-Hispanic whites. Yet cars still kill more youngsters than the guns of those populations.

Gun deaths also increased by 34 percent for non-Hispanic Native Americans and Alaska Natives in 2020. That group had the second highest rate of gun deaths after non-Hispanic blacks.

Asians have the lowest death rates from firearms, as well as vehicles. Guns killed the same number of Asian children as cars in 2020 and 2021. The gun death rate for Asians decreased in both years.

“The increased death rate associated with firearms reflects a long-standing trend and shows that we are still failing to protect our young people from a preventable cause of death,” the authors of the NEJM paper wrote.

The country is very active in trying to reduce car deaths, said Jennifer M. Whitehill, a University of Massachusetts researcher who specializes in injury prevention. The government spends money and uses research to formulate policies for safer roads and vehicles.

“But our government has proven unwilling or unable to do the same with those killed and injured by firearms,” Whitehill said.

She said that although governments “regulate drivers and vehicles”, “reasonable policies that can reduce shootings are not widely implemented”.

If the country treats gun deaths as preventable — as it does with car crashes — families might not experience such grief and tragic loss over and over again,” Whitehill said.

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