A new analysis published by Scientific American reveals that firearms kill more children and young adults in the United States than car accidents.
According to the analysis, over the past few decades, traffic accidents have been the most common cause of death among children, adolescents and young adults between the ages of one and 24 years in the United States, but shootings have exceeded traffic accidents in recent years as the main cause of death.
The analysis showed that between 2000 and 2020, the number of firearm-related deaths in these age groups increased from 7.3 per 100,000 people to 10.28 according to age-adjusted data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while motor-related deaths decreased from 13.62 to 8.31 per 100,000 people. during the same period.
The analysis indicated that the decrease in traffic fatalities is due to the dedication of efforts to track and study car accidents, and this includes the establishment of the National Traffic Safety Administration on Highways, a public database of car deaths on the roads, which allows researchers to identify ways to improve safety.
The analysis pointed out that by contrast, there is no federal agency to regulate the safety of firearms use, and it took decades to develop a national database to track gun deaths amid lax laws regarding citizens' possession of firearms.
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