Story at a glance:
- In 2019, there were 991 minors, aged 17 and younger, who were killed by gun violence.
- The following year, 1,375 children were killed in 2020.
- New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania have formed a regional pact in dealing with gun violence.
Experts on gun violence are saying the situation is getting much worse among younger people.
A nonprofit that tracks shootings across the country is showing records of concern, as young children and teens are increasingly losing their lives to violence perpetrated by guns, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
In 2019, there were 991 minors, aged 17 and younger, who were killed by gun violence, according to the website Gun Violence Archive, and the number of deaths amongst minors increased the following year — 1,375 in 2020.
2021 is shaping up to be worse than 2020, experts and the AP report.
The Gun Violence Archive uses thousands of sources to track shootings. The FBI data seems to support that data, releasing a report on Sept. 28 showing homicides in the U.S. increased nearly 30 percent in 2020, and homicides among people ages 19 and younger have spiked more than 21 percent, according to the AP.
Gun violence amongst teens has surged so quickly, four neighboring state governors in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania held a press conference last Thursday, The Star Ledger reporter.
Gov. Phil Murphy has joined fellow Democratic governors — Kathy Hochul of New York, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and Ned Lamont of Connecticut — in signing a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding, which is an agreement between two or more parties outlined in a formal document, during a virtual announcement on Oct. 7.
The agreement is aimed at reducing illegal gun trafficking and shootings, according to The Star Ledger.
READ MORE STORIES FROM CHANGING AMERICA