Let's give a tip of the hat to historian Clayton E. Cramer (writing in the July 1 edition of Shotgun News) for going directly to the web site of the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh/statab/unpubd/m ortabs/gmwki.htm — search under ICD 922.0) and looking up the actual number of American children under the age of 15 who are killed in handgun accidents each year. For 1997, that number was 21 — down from a high of 55 in 1990.
Drowning deaths per year to kids 18 and younger.... 1,156
Firearm deaths per year to kids 18 and younger.... 2,098
and thats not swimming pools, thats all drowning deaths, lakes, rivers, oceans. Im sure swimming pools would be considerable lower.
but regardless... even the above is a meaningless statistic by itself.... to really understand the severity of the data and the issue one has to look at the statistics in a relative manner.
for example..... of the 1,156 kids that drown in a year... how many kids enjoy swimming responsibly in a year? .... millions...
and subsequently.... of the 2,098 kids that are shot to death in a year ... how many kids enjoy firearms responsibly ... you tell me...
if we were talking of just totals, then cigarette smoking, driving a car, eating food (choking) would all be banned well before swimming pools.... however this is stupid since its not taken relatively, and millions eat drink and smoke.
however, if we look at the occurance of the act (owning,using, enjoying a firearm) relative to its mortality rate for the age group ...
you will quickly see that firearms top that charts of things that should be banned.
and if you want to go further and dissect the category of firearms you will see that hanguns are at the top of that list.
but perhaps you missunderstand me.... im not anti-hunting, or anti-2nd amendment .... what i would like to see is the banning of handguns and assalt rifles.... quite simply because they are designed to kill people .... and the american public cannot use these weapons responsibly.
just ask the 30,242 people that are killed each year by firearms....
and im sure the 4,146 yearly drowning victems might agree also.
Lack of education and common sense kills people. People have always killed other people, it's just the way they've done it has changed with guns. Are knives to be condemned for all the stabbings and knife-point robberies that occur? Of course not, people are.
how many little children kill themselves or others with knives per year? ....yes people allways have and allways will kill other people.... the factor is how easy it is.... should people be able to carry grenades? why not....? how about dirty bombs?.... i agree that lack of education kills people....and its a sad fact that the american populace is not educated enough and does not have enough common sense to use guns responsibly....