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Kids and Guns: Shootings Now Third Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Children

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But that’s okay—it’s just the price we pay for allowing anyone at all (including those arrested for domestic violence) to buy any gun they want, including assault rifles, designed to inflict the maximum possible damage to a body. And we certainly would not want to even touch that, regardless of how many children are killed. Hell, you can wipe out a good fraction of a generation, and gun rights would still be more important.

How is it possible for someone simply to accept the deaths of so many children? Of course there’s the denial approach—e.g., Alex Jones and Scottsboro Elementary: it was all a hoax. So are all the others. All hoaxes. Elaborately staged, but hoaxes. Just like the moon landings, but more blood.

But denial is only one form of self-deception, which is often much more subtle. See Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception, by Daniel Goleman.

Ryan Bort reports in Newsweek:

Few stories are more heartbreaking than those involving children who are injured or killed by gunshots. It isn’t hard to find them: In June alone, a 6-year-old accidentally shot and killed a 4-year-old in South Carolina, a father accidentally shot and killed his 9-year-old daughter in Indiana and an 8-year-old Mississippi boy was accidentally shot in the chest. His grandparents drove him to the hospital, but he died 45 minutes later. Sadly, the list of child gun deaths goes on.

Related: Republican praises guns just moments after Virginia shooting

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.

Researchers found that 53 percent of the gun-related deaths were homicides, while 38 percent were suicides, 6 percent were unintentional and 3 percent were related to law enforcement or undetermined causes. Of the injuries, . . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

19 June 2017 at 2:34 pm

Posted in Daily life, Government, Guns, Law

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