Do 41 Nevada children and youth die each year from firearms?
From 2011 through 2020, an annual average of 27 Nevada children and youth (aged 0-19) died from all causes of death involving firearms (homicide, suicide, accident, etc.), according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. During those ten years, there were no deaths among children under age 15.
A similar data set for 2008-2017 shows Nevada had the nation’s 32nd-highest rate of firearm deaths per 100,000 for children and youth.
In 2020, gun deaths surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. In no other similarly large or wealthy country are firearm deaths in the top four causes of child mortality.
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Google Docs CDC Nevada gun death data 2011-2020
Children's Defense Fund The State of America's Children 2020
KFF Child and Teen Firearm Mortality in the U.S. and Peer Countries
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