KARA advocates for the people, policies and programs

that improve the lives of abused and neglected children.

This website tracks gun violence daily in the U.S.

These statistics make America an outlier in child wellbeing among industrialized nations;

 Every day 260 children & teens are shot in murders, assaults, and suicides (6000 in 2022).  In 2016 toddlers shot about one person a week in 2020 it jumped to almost eight  (many of their victims were mothers and brothers).

8369 children were shot in 2015, 8867 in 2014 and in 2017 1532 children were shot in Chicago alone.

In the first 73 days of Joe Biden’s presidency, there were five mass shootings and more than 10,000 gun-violence deaths.

Guns have been the second and third leading cause of child death in America for a long time (in 2021, guns became the leading cause of child death).

As New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote recently, “More Americans have died from guns just since 1975, including suicides, murders and accidents (more than 1.5 million), than in all the wars in United States history, dating back to the Revolutionary War (about 1.4 million).”


Mike Tikkanen speaks about child abuse/trauma/healing and community

at schools, colleges, workplaces, events, etc.; To learn more:

send an email to info@invisiblechildren.org with SPEAKING in the subject line. 

Mike’s INVISIBLE CHILDREN book can be read and listened to (for free)here.

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CDC Provisional Data: Gun Suicides Reach All-time High in …

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

https://publichealth.jhu.edu › cdc-provisional-data-gu…
Jul 27, 2023 — In 2022, the gun suicide rate among Black teens surpassed the rate among white teens for the first time on record.​

More than 6000 children killed, hurt by gunfire in 2022: Report

ABC News – Breaking News, Latest News and Videos

https://abcnews.go.com › story
Dec 26, 2022 — The Gun Violence Archive said it was the most children to die or be … The child shooting deaths in 2022 also include 19 students, all 11 …
31780 Reasons to Care About Gun Violence

Population Reference Bureau

https://www.prb.org › articles › 31780-reasons-to-care…
In 2020, for the first time in decades, more children ages 17 and younger died from guns than from motor vehicle crashes. Project Details …


Childhood’s Greatest Danger: The Data on Kids and Gun …

The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com › 2022/12/14 › magazine › gu…
Dec 14, 2022 — Gun violence recently surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of death for American children. No group of kids has been spared, …

Gun violence is the leading cause of death of U.S. kids


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Claim: Gun violence is the leading cause of death among children in the U.S.
Fact check by VERIFYThis.comTrue, gun violence is the leading…

Child and Teen Firearm Mortality in the U.S. and Peer …


https://www.kff.org › mental-health › issue-brief › chi…
Jul 18, 2023 — In no other similarly large, wealthy country are firearms in the top four causes of death for children and teens, let alone the number one cause …

More than 6K children killed, injured by gunfire in 2022

Dec 27, 2022 — Overall, 43,675 people died from gun violence in 2022, with 19,849 being related to homicide, murder or unintentional causes and 23,826 …
Jan 2, 2023 — More than 6000 children and teens were injured or killed in shootings in 2022. What’s contributing to the rise in gun violence?

Gun violence and crime incidents are collected/validated from 7,500 sources daily – Incident Reports and their source data are found at the gunviolencearchive.

The Impact of Gun Violence on Children, Families, & …

https://www.cwla.org › the-impact-of-gun-violence-on…
by J CollinsCited by 8 — The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) believes it is time to broaden the focus of the gun debate to include the social, emotional, physical, and mental …


Foster families in Oklahoma are suing the state because they were asked by DHS to store guns according to best safety practices,  In Florida actual fines and threats of incarceration face doctors for similar acts.  Imagine talking to parents about protecting their children against gun accidents & being fined for it.  Gun deaths now outpace traffic deaths in 21 states & trending nationally (everywhere).

Court Strikes Down Florida Law Barring Doctors From … – NPR From January 2016; Teaching Gun Safety to patients with young children became a Punishable Offense for Doctors in Florida;

https://www.npr.org › sections › thetwo-way › 2017/02/17
Feb 17, 2017 — Glocks” law limiting what doctors can ask patients about guns in the … A handgun on display at the National Rifle Association’s 2003 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. A federal appeals court struck down part of a Florida law prohibiting … and legal challenges by medical and gun control groups have been


 265 moms dads, brothers, sisters and selves were shot by very young children this year and over 10,000  children killed or injured annually by gunfire in America.  More Americans are killed by toddlers with guns than Terrorists and yes, we do sell guns for five year olds.