Youth gun violence has increased 'dramatically.' Where are teens getting guns?

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Youth gun violence, shootings increase: How do teens get guns?

  • Firearms-related homicide was the top cause of death for those ages 1-24 from 2017 to 2020, CDC records show. That comes after motor vehicle accidents had been the leading cause for 60 years.
  • Many teens get their hands on guns from their own homes, experts and data say. Home and car break-ins and ghost guns are other sources.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Rumors on a bus the morning of March 4 tipped an assistant principal and counselor that a student at a Kansas high school might be armed. Soon, two school officials were looking for Jaylon Elmore.

He was in shop class, his backpack next to him. It was about 10:30 a.m. The varsity football player was taken to the school office, where officials asked to search his backpack, according to an affidavit. 

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