Firearm related deaths increase among Arizona children

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In 2016, firearms-related deaths accounted for 5 percent of all child deaths in Arizona. (Photo by Jim Tuttle/News21) In 2016, firearms-related deaths accounted for 5 percent of all child deaths in Arizona. (Photo by Jim Tuttle/News21)

By KAYTLIN MARTINO
Cronkite News

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

According to a 2017 report by the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program,  firearm-related fatalities increased by 29 percent from 2015 to 2016. Firearm-related deaths accounted for 5 percent of all child deaths in 2016, and the numbers have steadily increased since. Twelve firearms-related deaths were suicides;  24 were homicides.

A review team has determined that all firearms-related deaths are preventable, and they represent 11 percent of all preventable deaths.

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