With the gun culture in Montana, many children are introduced to or around firearms at a very young age. Over a ten-year time period, a News21 investigation shows the state of Montana had a higher rate per capita of gun deaths involving children than states like New York and New Jersey among others, with much larger populations.
Between 2002 and 2012, 140 children in Montana lost their lives in one way or another due to guns, the majority being caucasion. In the two interactives below, you can see how the state of Montana compares to the rest of the United States in the manner in which these children died, as well as broken down by race. Nationwide, more than 1,100 children and teens were killed by guns that accidentally discharged.
For the complete project “GUN WARS: The Struggle Over Rights and Regulation in America,” visit http://gunwars.news21.com