A new study out Wednesday found that nearly twice as many children died from gun injuries in 2016 than from cancer, making guns the second-leading killer of children in the U.S., NBC News reported.
Only car crashes killed more children than guns, and the U.S. gun fatality rate for children — which rose 28 percent between 2013 and 2016 — is 36 times higher than in other developed nations, according to the study from a team at the University of Michigan's Injury Prevention Center .
The nation is failing to protect children, wrote the executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine in an editorial that accompanied the report.
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"Children in America are dying or being killed at rates that are shameful," Dr. Edward Campion wrote.