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USA Today and AP: Children's Gun Deaths Underreported by CDC

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A young boy inspects a rifle during the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits on April 10, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 14 Oct 2016 02:43 PM

A USA Today and Associated Press analysis of children's gun deaths found that about one-third more children die from guns each year than the CDC has reported.

Information compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonpartisan research group, showed that 113 minor children had died from accidental discharges of firearms in 2014, when the CDC had reported only 74 deaths, according to USA Today and AP.

The higher counts resulted from the CDC not counting deaths classified as homicides when they were actually accidental discharges that killed someone other than the shooter of the gun, and from some shootings that were not counted because they were not made public, CBS News reported.

Children ages 3 to 5 are at the highest risk for death by accidental shooting, and 15- to 17-year-olds are also at high risk, with boys dying in far greater numbers than girls. The death rate is equivalent to one child dying about every other day from a gun.

The National Rifle Association has long touted the CDC’s findings, stating that child deaths from firearms have declined greatly in the past few decades and that the chance of a child being shot by accident is “one in a million.” These new numbers may show that estimate to be false.

4-year-old Bryson Mees-Hernandez shot himself to death after finding his grandmother’s gun under her bed when he was supposed to be sleeping there. Shootings like these have led advocates to push for laws requiring guns to be locked up when children are in the home, but opponents of these laws argue that guns will not be accessible enough in an emergency when they are locked away.

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A USA Today and Associated Press analysis of children's gun deaths found that about one-third more children die from guns each year than the CDC has reported.
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