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.