Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Guns kill more children than soldiers

A sobering release:

More children in the US die from gunshot wounds in one year than the number of US troops killed in the entire Iraq war.
NEW YORK - June 13 - The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) releases its report on gun violence against children, "Protect Children, Not Guns," at a time when major U.S. cities are calling for strategies to combat illegal firearms.

Citing the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the report reveals that 2,827 children and teens died as a result of gun violence in 2003 -- more than the number of American fighting men and women killed in hostile action in Iraq from 2003 to April 2006.

"Just as gruesome as incoming casualties from a battlefield, the bodies of young gunshot victims stream into urban hospital trauma centers on the frontlines of an undeclared war on America's children," said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund. The children that die every year from gunshot wounds come from all racial groups and are all ages. Some of the children killed by guns are too young to start kindergarten.
Hat tip: Gun Guys.


At 9:29 PM, Blogger Ragnar Mentaire said...

Why did those guns do that? What was their motivation for killing children?

At 11:03 PM, Blogger Chris said...

I wonder what the number of children killed in or by automobiles was in the same time period?

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Dad29 said...

We note that "Children" in the headline morphs to "children AND TEENS" in the body.

And if this pack of prevaricators is true to form, "teens" includes the 18/19 y.o. cohort most often involved in drug-related shootings.

Propaganda, thy name is Children's Defense Fund...

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

Ragnar and Chris seem to think (1) that if those children weren't killed by guns they would have been stabbed or bludgeoned to death.

Dad thinks 18-19 year olds deserve killing. Got me there.

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Dailytakes said...

Amazing. Here I thought guns were inanimate objects. But know I know they have magical powers.

Besides killing children, what other things do guns do? Do they have jobs? Do they have hobbies? What's their favorite television show? Or do they prefer NetFlix?

They sure are shifty creatures, these guns. Everytime I see them, they just lay there, all motionless.

Sneaky devils.

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

Fraley, too, thinks those killings would have happened with some other weapons if the killers didn't have guns.

Chris: The difference between being kiled by a gun or by an automobile is that the auto deaths are accidents. Most of the gun deaths are intentional homicides.

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Karliots said...


You seem to think that if we just get rid of all the guns, everyone will sing Kumbaya together. Guns may be one of many facilitators, but they are not the root of the problem.

It's scary that so many people are willing to murder other people, not that so many peope are willing to murder other people WITH GUNS!

At 4:21 AM, Blogger Fuzz Martin said...

Simply banning guns wouldn't keep guns out of the hands of the bad guys (those would be the ones that commit the 'intentional' homicides you spoke of). See, bad guys have guns whether they are supposed to have them or not. That's kind of what bad guys are know for.


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