Deaths by Firearm, Compared Against Injury-Related Deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention track cause of death over time, under several classifications and groupings. Among 1- to 19-year-olds, regulations decreased motor vehicle deaths, but deaths by firearms increased and became the leading mechanism in 2018.

Firearms Are the Leading Injury Mechanism

Among 1- to 19-year-olds in the United States, from 1999 to 2020.

DEATHS

16,709

As motor vehicle deaths decreased, firearm deaths increased and became the leading cause of injury-related death in 2018, among 1- to 19-year-olds.

Motor Vehicle Traffic

Firearm

Drowning

Suffocation

Poisoning

Fire

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1999

2000

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SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

DEATHS

16.7k

As motor vehicle deaths decreased, firearm deaths increased and became the leading cause of injury-related death in 2018, among 1- to 19-year-olds.

Motor Vehicle Traffic

Firearm

Drowning

Suffocation

Poisoning

Fire

0k

2000

’02

’04

’06

’08

’10

’12

’14

’16

’18

’20

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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