“In the most recent years, we’ve seen the highest absolute number of firearm deaths that we’ve ever seen,” said Dr. Patrick Carter, co-director of the University of Michigan Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention.

What’s more, in 2020, firearms became the leading cause of death for children and adolescents in the United States, he said, more dangerous than cars crashes or swimming pools or cancer.

Dr. Patrick Carter discusses the current state of firearm injury and death in the U.S. with MLive following the mass shooting on the campus of Michigan State University