In Harm's Way: The Faces of Gun Violence

Monday, November 25, 2013

Some of the youth killed by shootings from August 2012 through August 2013

Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly a year ago, more than 30,000 people in the United States have died from gunfire, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Slate.

That number is so large that the victims often become nameless numbers and fade into the background.

It's incredibly tough to find the exact numbers of children who have died due to a gun shot wound, but according to the CDC, gunshot injuries rank second only to motor vehicle crashes as a cause of death for children ages 15-19. Based on their numbers, more than 29,000 children under the age of age 19 died of gunshot-related injuries between 2001 and 2010.

Kathleen Horan is a reporter at WNYC Radio. She profiled 10 children killed by gunfire in New York City in the past year in an attempt to put a face, a voice and a story to these statistics.

It's all part of her year-long series "In Harm’s Way," in which she profiles every NYC child who died due to a gun from August 2012 to August 2013.

Kathleen joins us today to discuss her findings. 

Guests:

Kathleen Horan

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja, Johanna Mayer and Jen Poyant

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

brian ragsdale

If only my arms were long enough to hold these families. ..

Nov. 27 2013 05:40 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I feel like a statistic to gun violence that hasn't happened to me yet. It feels like a lotto that I could win.

I get very dark and pessimistic about gun violence being stopped in this country...mainly because there are so many guns available.

Nov. 25 2013 02:33 PM
Jim from Portland, OR

Very touching and sad stories Kathleen has documented. She has done excellent journalism. But what about educating us about the people who do this killing? I think we need as much attention paid to why the killers do this if we can ever hope to reduce this sorrow. I had to leave before the story was over so she may well have covered that part of the equation.

Nov. 25 2013 12:35 PM

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