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  •  How many more children must we sacrifice at the (0+ / 0-)

    altar of the NRA (and the fundamentalists that are complicit with them) before we adopt some sensible national regulations to reduce the carnage?  According to Save the Children about 2700 children are killed by guns every year (Children's Defense Fund: Protect Children Not Guns 2012 - PDF) or 7 to 8 every single day.  Sure the fundamentalists scream foul ("it includes suicides!" as if those didn't count, and "it includes children up to age 19!" even though medically one is a child until age 21) and try to obfuscate and insist that since the data is not (in their eyes) perfect that it means no children are killed by guns (after all: guns don't kill ...).  From page 9 pf the PDF:

    5,740 children and teens died from gunfire in the United States in 2008 and 2009.

    - 2,947 children and teens were killed by guns in 2008; another 2,793 were killed in 2009. Two-thirds were victims of homicide (3,892), one-quarter were suicide (1,548), and five percent were accidental or unknown (300) gun deaths. Black children and teens were only 15 percent of the child population but were 45 percent of the total fatal gun deaths in 2008 and 2009.

    - Overall, gun deaths among children and teens declined slightly (three percent) between 2007 and 2008, and declined an additional five percent between 2008 and 2009.
    • Between 2008 and 2009, 154 fewer children and teens died from guns. There were 182 fewer homicides, nine fewer accidental gun deaths, and 15 fewer gun deaths classified as unknown. Suicides with a gun increased by 52 offsetting the overall decline in gun deaths.
    • Between 2007 and 2008, 95 fewer children and teens died from guns. Although 160 fewer children and teens died in homicide, accidental and unknown gun deaths (124, 15 and 21 fewer deaths respectively), the increase of 65 suicide deaths offset the overall decline in gun deaths.

    - The number of children and teens killed by guns in 2008 and 2009 would fill more than 229 public school classrooms of 25 students each.

    - The number of preschoolers killed by guns in 2008 (88) and in 2009 (85) was nearly double the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2008 (41) and 2009 (48).

    - Sixty-six percent of the gun deaths of children and teens in 2009 were homicides; 29 percent were suicides. Among adults the trend is the opposite: 34 percent of gun deaths in 2009 were homicides while 64 percent were suicides.

    This was part of an excellent diary by plthomasEdD on 12/23/2012.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:19:07 AM PST

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