Guns kill more school-aged kids than cops

Talk of gun control is in the news once again following the shooting deaths of 9 college students in Oregon last week. Regardless of which side of the debate you fall on, there is no denying the alarming rate of school- and college-aged children who are killed by firearms each year—which far outnumber police officers who are killed by guns while in the line of duty.

A total of 3,911 people between the ages of one and 24 were murdered in the U.S. by a gun in 2013, according to data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the same period, 26 cops were killed by guns. Taking into account the estimated population of both groups, this means that school- and college-aged children and young adults are 1.8 times more likely than law enforcement to die from a gun-related homicide.

The numbers above only include intentional homicides. If we are to tally all gun-related deaths of those in this age group that year, the number skyrockets to 2,348 children and young adults who died from suicide by firearm, 156 from accidental discharge, and 72 from discharge with "undetermined intent."

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TOPSHOT - Mourners hold up signs during a vigil in Washington, DC on June 12, 2016, in reaction to the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Fifty people died when a gunman allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Florida, in the worst terror attack on US soil since September 11, 2001. / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: FBI agents investigate near the damaged rear wall of the Pulse Nightclub where Omar Mateen allegedly killed at least 50 people on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The mass shooting killed at least 50 people and injuring 53 others in what is the deadliest mass shooting in the countryÃs history. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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BLACKSBURG, VA - APRIL 17: Thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil on the campus of Virginia Tech April 17, 2007 in Blacksburg, Virginia. According to police, English major Cho Seung-Hui, 23, a native of South Korea, went on a shooting rampage that left a total of 33 people dead. It was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
LITTLETON, CO - APRIL 20: (VIDEO CAPTURE) Columbine high school shooters Eric Harris (L) and Dylan Klebold appear in this video capture of a surveillance tape released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in the cafeteria at Columbine High School April 20, 1999 in Littleton, CO during their shooting spree which killed 13 people. (Photo courtesy of Jefferson County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images)

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