A recent report from the Children's Defense Fund culls federal CDC data to mark a rise in deaths of West Virginia children from gunshot wounds, The Associated Press reports.
Citing the latest available data, the report counted 19 such deaths in 2005, up from a dozen the previous year. In that more recent year, one death was undetermined and the rest were divided between homicides and suicides.
The report also shows:
- Total West Virginia deaths declined slightly in 2004 when compared to 2003, when there were 14;
- Just one accidental death during the three-year period, in 2003;
- Homicides dipped between 2003 and 2004, while suicides increased (by one or two a year) during the time period.