Gun Safety – 18,270 Children Killed or Injured By Gunfire in 2010 – at least 200 have died by accidental gunfire since NewTown
American youth are 17 times more likely to be shot dead than the young of the other industrialized nations (that is 1600 % greater chance of children being shot dead as a child in our country).
A gun in the home increases the risk of suicide by 3 to 5 times, homicide by 3 times, and accidental death by 400 percent.
Since 1963, three times as many American children and teens have been shot dead than soldiers killed abroad – in 2010, five times more children and teens were shot dead than soldiers killed in Iraq and Afgghanistan.
Gun violence kills more black youth (from one to nineteen years old) every year except for car accidents. Below are stunning graphs that demonstrate these facts (courtesy of ScienceBlogs.com (the pump handle)
The San Bernardino shooting this week is just the tip of the gun violence iceberg we face daily in this country because of NRA lobbying to make guns easier to get than good healthcare. In Florida it’s still a crime for a doctor to ask questions about the safety of guns in the homes of young children.
We are becoming a colder, meaner people with every mass shooting and child gun death that occurs.
Two Year Old Shoots Florida Mother To Death (a state that fines doctors for telling mothers to lock up their guns).