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Child & Teen Gun Safety


Child & Teen Gun Safety

What is the problem?

Firearms are the leading cause of death for children and teens (ages 1 to 19) in the United States. Every year, 19,000 children and teens are shot and killed or wounded and approximately 3 million are exposed to gun violence.

Children and teens in the U.S. are impacted by gun violence in all its forms. Exposure to gun violence has an impact on the psychological and mental well-being of children and teens and affects their school performance, among other factors. When homes, neighborhoods, and schools are not safe from gun violence, entire generations of American children are affected.

Child & Teen Gun Deaths Per Year

62% of child and teen gun deaths are homicides.

Why is it an issue?

Firearms are the leading cause of death for children and teens (ages 1 to 19) in the U.S.

Children and teens in the U.S. experience staggeringly high rates of gun deaths and injuries. They are also harmed when a friend or family member is killed with a gun, when someone they know is shot, and when they witness and hear gunshots. Tragically, children and teens are at heightened risk by guns in the home. The vast majority of child and teen gun suicides and unintentional shootings occur at a home.1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), 2020. Ages 0-19. More than 80 percent of child suicides involve a gun that belongs to a family member.2Renee M. Johnson et al., “Who Are the Owners of Firearms Used in Adolescent Suicides?,” Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior 40, no. 6 (2010): 609–11,

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What are the solutions?

You might be wondering…

  1. 1 My child received training telling them not to approach or play with a gun. Is that enough to keep them safe?
  2. 2 How can I help make sure my child doesn’t gain access to an unsecured gun?