Children and Guns

A few of my friends posted some cartoon about children and guns.  It showed a hearse with a series of tricycles and Little Tykes cars following behind, stating “1300 kids are killed each year by guns.”

First, guns kill zero people.  People kill people.

Second, if we are going to go that route, keep in mind, that according to the CDC, 705 children drown each year, most of which drown in swimming pools.  (This figure excluded boating-related deaths).

They also add:

“Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2014, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, one-third died from drowning.1,2 Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.2 Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects).1 Among those 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.”  (Their sources are available on the CDC homepage, listed below).

And, just to show another great example of “male privilege,”  80% of drowning deaths are male.

Another two children a day (730 a year) are poisoned unintentionally by household cleaners or prescription drugs that are left within reach.  (This figure does not include intentional overdoses:  suicides).

This document by the CDC shows the most common ways for children to die.  Guess what?  It’s your car.

Instead of worrying about what the gun collector down the street “does” with all of his guns, why not double-check your car seat, leave earlier, and drive safer?  That will actually protect your kids.


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