CDC Report: Youth Homicide Rates Hit a 30 Year Low

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A new report out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that murder rates have hit a 30 year low.

The report looked at kids, teens and young adults.

Research shows that homicide rates for 10 to 24 year olds have been falling since 2000.

Researchers said most of the killings involved guns.

CDC's Injury Prevention Center said homicide still consistently ranks in the top three causes of death for young people.

The report found that declines in youth homicides have been slower for groups who are at a high risk for homicide.

Those groups include males and non-Hispanic black kids and teens.

With all ethnic groups combined 4,828 kids and young adults were murdered in 2010 in the U.S.

Although deaths are low compared to previous numbers in the early 1990s, more kids are using guns now in homicides.

To be exact, kids used guns 3.7 times more in 2010 when compared to previous annual rates.


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