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NEW YORK — Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund (Everytown) today released the following statement after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data this week showing that for the first time more children and teens were killed with guns than by motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2018.
“Gun violence now kills more young people than motor vehicle accidents, but the federal government spends approximately five times more on research into car crashes than it does on gun violence,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown. “More resources and stronger laws played a key role in driving down auto deaths, and more resources and stronger laws are exactly what we need to drive down gun deaths.”
The latest data from CDC, released Wednesday, comes just days after National Gun Violence Survivors Week, a week focused on sharing and amplifying the stories of gun violence survivors who live with the impact of gun violence every day of the year. By early February, more Americans are killed with guns than are killed with guns in our peer countries in an entire calendar year.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs