Monday, May 22, 2023

The U. S. has by far the highest child and teen firearm mortality rate among peer countries.


KFF press release, May 22, 2023- Firearms are now the number one cause of death for children in the United States but rank no higher than fifth in 11 other large and wealthy countries, a new KFF analysis finds.

Guns – including accidental deaths, suicides, and homicides – killed 4,357 children (ages 1-19 years old) in the United States in 2020, or roughly 5.6 per 100,000 children.

In each of the peer countries, guns kill fewer children than motor vehicles, cancer, congenital diseases, and other injuries, and often behind other conditions such as heart disease.

The U.S. is the only country among its peers that has seen a substantial increase in the rate of child firearm deaths in the last two decades (42%). All comparably large and wealthy countries have seen child firearm deaths fall since 2000. These peer nations had an average child firearm death rate of 0.5 per 100,000 children in the year 2000, falling 56% to 0.3 per 100,000 children in 2019.

This should not be accepted as normal.  This is not OK

by Rod Williams, May 22, 2023- I support the Second Amendment and I am a gun owner, but that does not mean I believe we should pretend that there is not a problem. If the comparable country average of teen firearm mortality rate is .03 and ours is 5.8 that means an American teen is 19 times as likely to die from a firearm. That should not be normal.  That should not be OK.

We need to admit we have a problem. We need to address the problem.  We need sensible gun laws. We need to look at our society and ask why we are so violent and have so many people with mental health issues. Reducing gun violence is not an easy problem to solve. Much of the emotional call for action are calls for actions that simply cannot happen and others are unworkable and simply symbolic.  That does not mean we should accept the status quo and do nothing. 

Below are some of my post on the topic of gun violence and the Second Amendment. 

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1 comment:

  1. So should we be able to carry hand grenades how about bazookas how about nukes? If we can't do something about saving thousands of children's lives each year, then where do we get off criticizing any other country on Earth for human rights abuses? I believe the second amendment is about controlling our slaves and killing native Americans and taking their land.