Firearms-related deaths increase among Arizona children

As the nation continued to grieve the loss of 17 high school students in the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Cronkite News took a look into how many deaths among Arizona children involve firearms.

According to a 2017 report by the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, firearms-related fatalities increased by 29 percent from 2015 to 2016. Twelve of the 36 deaths were suicides; 24 were homicides.

Firearms-related deaths accounted for 5 percent of all child deaths in 2016, and the numbers have steadily increased since.

All firearms-related deaths are considered preventable; they make up 11 percent of all preventable deaths in Arizona. More than two-thirds of the guns used were stolen or belonged to parents.

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