Guns kill twice as many kids as cancer does, new study shows

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By Maggie Fox

Guns are the second leading killer of U.S. kids, after car crashes, according to a new report published Wednesday.

Nearly twice as many kids died from gun injuries in 2016 as died from cancer, the study by a team at the University of Michigan found. The gun fatality rate for U.S. children is 36 times higher than the rate in other developed nations, according to the analysis.

And it’s getting worse. “Between 2013 and 2016, there was a 28 percent relative increase in the rate of firearm deaths,” Dr. Rebecca Cunningham of the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center and colleagues wrote.

“The rate in the United States was 36.5 times as high as the overall rate observed in 12 other high-income countries.”