More than 6,000 children killed, hurt by gunfire in 2022

Gun violence in the United States remains a significant issue, with an alarming number of children being killed or injured in such incidents. According to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit organization that tracks shooting incidents, more than 6,000 children under the age of 17 have been killed or injured by gunfire in the US in 2022, the highest number ever recorded by the organization. This marks an increase from the previous year, in which 5,708 children were killed or injured. The Gun Violence Archive also reported that at least 306 children under the age of 11 and 1,323 children between the ages of 12 and 17 were killed in shootings in 2022. These grim statistics include the 19 students, all 11 years old or younger, who were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and the 5-month-old child, Cecilia Thomas, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago. The frequency of such incidents highlights the urgent need for action to address gun violence in the United States.