Every day it feels I wake up I am typing an article about a young football player being killed by gun violence. It is sad to see a kid lose his life even if it is not murder.
As a parent, I am concerned about our youth, and I learned that this week in study performed by the University of Michigan, Gun violence overtook car accidents as the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in the US in 2020.
The finding was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday as part of longer term research effort from the university’s Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention (IFIP).
An analysis of mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed a nearly 30% increase in gun-related deaths among Americans up to age 19 between 2019 and 2020, the researchers said. These deaths include incidents of suicide, accidental shootings and homicides, with homicides outpacing the other two categories.
So many of are youth are dying, since really reporting the issues, I was mind blown at all the shooting deaths of the young football players.
What can we do to slow down the killing? Why are youth turning to guns instead of talking it out?