More children in the U.S. were killed by guns than active police and military officers in 2017, a study published in the American Journal of Medicine said.
According to the study conducted by Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt College of Medicine, some 38,940 children between the ages of 5 and 18 died as a result of gun-related violence between 1999 and 2017.
The study highlighted that black children, who made up 41 percent of the deaths, were especially vulnerable to gun-related violence and boys made up 86 percent of these.
Some 6,464 deaths involved children between 5 to 14 years of age, amounting to 340 deaths annually on average. A further 32,478 children between 15 to 18 years old died, or 2,050 per year on average between 1999 and 2017.
"It is sobering that in 2017, there were 144 police officers who died in the line of duty and about 1,000 active duty military throughout the world who died, whereas 2,462 school-age children were killed by firearms," the researchers said.
The researchers warned that child deaths caused by firearms are rising at alarming rates in the U.S., where homicide rates are estimated to be six to nine times higher in comparison to other developed nations.
Deaths caused by firearms in the U.S. reached the highest level in decades, as more people urge stricter gun control laws amid President Donald Trump's apathy.
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