children down hill having funChildren’s Defense Fund research from 2010 shows that guns kill more infants, toddlers and preschoolers than they do police officers in the line of duty.

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.

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The United States is one of the greatest nations in the world. But compared to our peers, we’re one of the worst when it comes to gun violence.

In America, you can be shot at an elementary school. You can be murdered at a church or movie theatre.

You can even be executed on live TV — and yet there’s no real expectation of gun reform.

Gun-related violence and death is a real public health problem in America, researchers say. And these three charts illustrate why.

1. Gun-related deaths in America wildly outpace our peer nations

More than 32,000 people per year are killed by guns in the United States — at least.

The total number’s incomplete because some gun-related deaths are left out of CDC statistics, Adrienne LaFrance wrote at The Atlantic earlier this year. That’s partly because of privacy concerns, the mystery over some police-related shooting data … and the political consequences of taking on the gun lobby, LaFrance points out.

Notably, the CDC has avoided some research into gun-related injury, and the Washington Post suggests that “fear and funding shortfalls” are to blame.

3 Comments

  1. Its interesting that you bring this up. Its tragic when lives are lost to any kind of violence. Why does everyone focus on gun violence? Because its flashy and easy to blame, many think less guns will mean less problems, which is far from the truth. According to the CDC, ” From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 347 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents. 2.
    About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger “. Thats more then 200 easily preventable deaths, yet you focus on guns. How will gun reform manage the already estimated 300 Million Firearms in the united states? The box has been open and their is no way to close it. Restricting access to firearms to citizens may overall make the number of shootings go down, but not the deaths. When less people have firearms, more damage is done with them. Look at the paris shooting as an example. 150+ people were shot and killed in a country where guns are practically banned. Compare that to the united states mass shootings where typically less than 20 people are shot and killed, because guns are more readily available to combat them.

    Here are some more facts –

    According to kids and cars – On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.”

    Here is another chart by the CDC on unintentional deaths of children

    Table 1. The five leading causes and number of unintentional injury deaths among children, by age group, United States, 2009
    Rank* Age <1 Ages 1–4 Ages 5–9 Ages 10–14 Ages 15–19
    1 Suffocation
    907 (77%) Drowning
    450 (31%) Motor Vehicle (MV) Traffic
    378 (49%) MV Traffic
    491 (68%) MV Traffic
    3,242 (67%)
    2 MV Traffic
    91 (8%) MV Traffic
    363 (25%) Drowning
    119 (15%) Transportation – Other
    117 (15%) Poisoning
    715 (15%)
    3 Drowning
    45 (4%) Fire/Burns
    169 (12%) Fire/Burns
    88 (11%) Drowning
    90 (10%) Drowning
    279 (6%)
    4 Fire/Burns
    25 (2%) Transportation – Other
    147 (10%) Transportation – Other
    68 (9%) Fire/Burns
    53 (6%) Transportation – Other
    203 (4%)
    5 Poisoning
    22 (2%) Suffocation
    125 (9%) Suffocation
    26 (3%) Suffocation
    41 (5%) Fall
    58 (1%)

    I apologies for the poor formatting. My point is simply this. We have the ability and the responsibility to protect children and life, no matter the age. But lets stop blaming a tool. I'm sure I could pull up a chart of children who choked to death on a toy and it would rival the 200 you mention to unintentional shootings. Why don't we take care of the mental health problems in this country, and THE GANG PROBLEMS, how many of those shootings are gang related? But seriously, enough with the anti-gun liberal talk…

  2. According to the washington Post –

    “Gun suicides are becoming far more common than gun-related homicides, accounting for 64 percent of all gun deaths in 2012, according to new statistics. And the suicides have become especially common among older white men.

    There were 32,288 deaths from firearm violence in the United States in 2012, a rate that’s remained relatively stable over the past few years. But since 2006, gun suicides have increased from 57 percent of all firearm-related deaths, according to research published this month in the Annual Review of Public Health.

    Gun deaths by suicide have outpaced homicide-related deaths in the United States over the past 35 years. But since 2006, the decrease in gun-related homicides have almost been matched by the increase of gun suicides, according to the study from Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California-Davis.

    Suicide risk rises in adolescence, but it also increases sharply among white men in retirement age. By 85 and older, the gun suicide rate for white men was five times higher than the rate for black men and 3.2 times the rate for Hispanic men.

    Though homicides have been decreasing, there’s still a wide racial disparity in gun violence. Young black adult men, ages 20-29, are 20 times more likely than white men of the same age to be killed by a firearm. And the gun homicide rate is at least five times higher compared to Hispanic men ages 20-29.

    About 516 people in 2012 were killed accidentally by guns, or about 1.6 percent of all gun deaths that year — though, these accidental deaths may be under reported.

    Mass gun killings, which capture widespread media attention for a few days, account for just a small portion of gun-related deaths. The four worst events in the past 15 years resulted in a combined 84 homicides, according to the report —about the same number of people who have been killed by guns in the United States everyday between 2003 and 2012.

    If the current pace continues, the number of young people who die from gun violence next year is projected to outnumber those who die in car accidents, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.

    The new U.S. Surgeon General’s nomination was held up by more than a year largely because the NRA opposed him for having the nerve to call guns a health care issue. But these new statistics underscore why you can’t ignore firearm deaths as a threat to public health.”

    Here is one MORE piece of interesting information. According to a FBI study conducted in 2011 –

    “Gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions and up to 90 percent in several others, according to NGIC analysis. Major cities and suburban areas experience the most gang-related violence. Local neighborhood-based gangs and drug crews continue to pose the most significant criminal threat in most communities. Aggressive recruitment of juveniles and immigrants, alliances and conflict between gangs, the release of incarcerated gang members from prison, advancements in technology and communication, and Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization (MDTO) involvement in drug distribution have resulted in gang expansion and violence in a number of jurisdictions.”

  3. Drowning and hot car child death comparisons with child gun death are weak – the loaded gun in the hands of a child is always trouble. Swimming and car rides are safe 99% of the time.

    Smart guns, gun locks and new safety technologies being fought tooth and nail by gun lobbies is a sign of how willing gun manufacturers are to prove how little they care about children or public safety.

    Gun manufacturers have succeeded in Florida to the extent that doctors are fined for asking parents of young children if their weapons are stored safely. You gotta admit, that’s just nuts.

    Gun lobby spokesman Wayne la Pierre speaks of arming teachers – people that have entered a field out of love for community, learning and children, asked to learn killing techniques. Just nuts.

    My wife would never be an effective killing machine, nor would the vast majority of educators I’ve come to know over the years.

    Guns in the home kill more family members by accident than intruders (and always have).

    False arguments, obfuscation and nonsense repeated by gun manufacturers and the people brainwashed by their money proves how amoral an industry can be.

    They are making big tobacco of the 1970’s look almost benign.

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