Health + Safety
More Children Die By Shootings Than Statistics Show
According to a new study by Everytown for Gun Safety, far more children are killed in shootings than what governmental statistics show.
Deaths are often categorized as homicides or suicides before full investigations are completed. This puts the lives of young children at a greater risk because the problem is not being addressed as seriously as it should be taken.
“Toddlers have the highest rick of unintentionally shooting themselves,” says Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety. “These are preventable deaths – 70% of them could have been avoided if gun owners had just stored their guns responsibly.”
Death statistics invoked by guns vary nationwide because medical examiners have various standards and definitions when determining the manner of death. Some consider any loss in which one person shoots another with a firearm as a homicide, despite the age of the victim or the cause of the incident. This can be misleading for deterrence studies.
“If you don’t have the right number, then you don’t understand the score of the problem and how to prevent it,” says Feinblatt. “The CDC is just dependent on the individual habits of different medical examiners.”
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