Shootings Now Third Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Children

The problem is obvious. We need to relax our gun laws so that all children can open carry to school to defend themselves against guns. (Did I get that NRA logic right?)

Though we constantly see examples in the news, child gun injuries and deaths may be even more prevalent in the United States than we realized. A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics showed that an average of 5,790 children in the United States receive emergency room treatment for gun-related injuries each year, and around 21 percent of those injuries are unintentional. The study also found that an average of 1,297 children die annually from gun-related injuries, making guns the third-leading cause of death for children in America (behind illnesses and unintentional injuries like drownings or car crashes). The number is based on data taken from 2012–2014 for children up to the age of 17.

Data on fatal gun deaths were drawn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System database, and data on non-fatal gun injuries were from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

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  1. Well that’s far from ideal. In my youth I quite enjoyed shooting targets and the occasional spot of hunting (now I feel much more empathy with animals!). I’m glad that in NZ its not a right to have firearms and I was required to attend and pass a firearms safety course amongst other things. Generally we are not allowed hand guns either (except for target use ,under a tougher license and kept locked in a safe etc).
    As far as I can see on our government mortality statistics we don’t even have a category for firearms related deaths.

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