Over the past decade, more than 600 children 17 and younger have been killed by firearms in Tennessee. The number killed each year has nearly tripled since 2013. Each child lost to gun violence tells a larger story of a family devastated, a community in fear or mourning, a state awash in firearms.
In our three-part series, Tennessee Gun Valley, we recount the deaths of 130 of those children – the number recorded by the Gun Violence Archive and the National Gun Violence Memorial. We also explain how state lawmakers have made it easier over the past decade to make, sell, carry, steal, and find firearms in Tennessee.