According to a new report from Generation Progress, American children and teens are four times more likely to die by gunfire than kids in Canada, seven times more likely than their Israeli friends, and sixty-five times more likely to be killed with a gun than young people in the United Kingdom.
Violent crime has steadily declined in recent years, but rates of gun violence still remain at unacceptable levels. Each year, 33,000 Americans are killed on average with guns, and the country’s youth take the brunt of the impact. An American under 25 dies by gunfire every 70 minutes. 54 percent of people murdered with guns in 2010 were under the age of 30. Young people are also disproportionately pulling the trigger.
It is unconscionable that so little has been done to address gun violence in America though it affects the lives of so many young people.