Empty chairs displaying the names of students killed during school shootings are shown during an event on the National Mall calling for action on preventing gun violence on September 13, 2023, in Washington, D.C.
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A newly published study finds that pediatric deaths due to gun violence in the U.S. have dramatically increased over the past decade, with researchers noting that not enough is being done to address the horrifying trend.

The study, authored by Rebekah Mannix and Mark Neuman, pediatric emergency medicine physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as by Cordelia Mannix, Rebekah Mannix’s high school-aged daughter, found that 2,590 people under the age of 18 died due to firearm-related incidents in 2021. That number was an 87 percent increase from the 1,311 who died due to firearms in 2011.

Around two-thirds of the deaths were homicides, while around 30 percent were suicides, the study found. Those rates are consistent with other studies that arrived at similar numbers, with a smaller percentage being attributed to accidental discharge of firearms.

The study also analyzed […]

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