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Thursday, May 12, 2011

St. Louis Ranks Second in Kids Killed by Guns

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 2:52 PM

CDC study confirms gun violence is an epidemic.
  • CDC study confirms gun violence is an epidemic.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is out with a new study of gun violence in America that shows youth ages 10-19 in St. Louis are three times more likely to die from a bullet than the national average.

The study looked at crime data from 2006 to 2007. In those two years 46 kids between the ages of 10 and 19 were gunned down in St. Louis for an average of 50 firearm homicides per 100,000 residents. The national average was just under 15 homicides for that age group based on a population of 100,000.

Only New Orleans with 59 slayings of minors during those two years (106 fatalities per 100,000 residents) scored worse. See a full list of cities, and their scores, at cdc.gov.

This report somewhat mirrors are own analysis the last couple years in which Daily RFT has kept tabs on the number of juveniles murdered inside city limits. Here are the results for 2010 and 2009.

H/T: Post-Dispatch, which announced the study earlier this afternoon.

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