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Shootings kill or injure 19 US children each day


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- Morgan Manella | AOL.com
Nineteen U.S. children are killed or injured by shootings each day.

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boys, teenagers and African Americans are most at risk.

Researchers used data from death certificates and hospitals from 2002 through 2014.

Other findings from the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, say the yearly shooting death toll for children up to age 17 is nearly 1,300.

And there are almost 6,000 nonfatal gunshot wounds, while most deaths result from homicides and suicides.

Shooting homicides of children fell by 36 percent from 2007 to 2014.

Earlier in 2017, the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study stating that gun violence should be treated as a national health crisis.

Given that 30,000 people die from things related to guns each year, Congress prohibits the CDC from using federal funds to advocate or promote gun control.

But According to CDC spokesperson Courtney Lenard, the group is allowed to conduct public health research into gun violence.

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    National Rifle Association's (NRA) annual meetings and exhibits show in Louisville, Kentucky, May 21, 2016. (Reuters)

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