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Nearly 1,200 U.S. Kids Dead From Guns Since Parkland Massacre: Report

In the year following the Parkland school massacre that left 14 students and three adults dead, nearly 1,200 U.S. children have died from gun violence, according to a joint Tuesday report from The Trace, Miami Herald, and McClatchy News outlets. Because there’s no comprehensive federal data registry for gun deaths, and not all go reported, it’s difficult to determine the true number—but even the nearly 1,200 recorded in the online database the Gun Violence Archive amounts to a Parkland-level shooting toll (17 deaths) every five days. The most common victims were older teens, McClatchy reports, followed by toddlers. The deaths came from drive-by shootings, domestic violence, and accidental gunfire—including one 2-year-old, Jace Alexander, who was killed while playing with a pistol left on a bed. The Trace commissioned student reporters to catalogue each of the nearly 1,200 deaths, and published an anniversary report documenting the stories behind the lives that were cut short.