CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – New data from the CDC found that gun violence is getting worse and it’s disproportionately impacting our children and teens.

The CDC found that children and teens are more likely to die because of guns than car crashes, drug overdoses, and even cancer.

Gun-related deaths among children in the U.S. reached an alarming peak. Guns have claimed nearly 5,000 young lives and surpassed the record total seen during the first year of the pandemic. More than 80% of the gun deaths were among men 19 and younger.

Young black men were more likely to die from homicide, while young white men were more likely to kill themselves with guns.

Springfield law enforcement along with Mayor Sarno addressed the recent uptick in gun violence across the City of Springfield. According to police, there were 21 shooting incidents between June 1 to August 14 this year, compared to 20 shootings during the same time last year.

Springfield police have taken 214 guns off the streets including 26 ghost guns. City leaders continue to discuss how to combat violent acts like gun-related deaths, and they are working to provide residents with resources to offer peace of mind.

Mayor Sarno announced last week that funding through the Shannon Grant initiative would be open on Monday. This grant program utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to combat gang violence through prevention and intervention, law enforcement, prosecution, and reintegration programs to ultimately mitigate violence in the community.

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Melissa Torres is a reporter who has been a part of the 22News team since 2021. Follow Melissa on X @melissatorrestv and view her bio to see more of her work.