Saturday, December 14, 2013

At Least 194 Children Shot to Death Since Newtown

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School gun massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Mother Jones reports that since then, at least 194 children aged 12 and under have been shot to death. The magazine also notes that the gun lobby has "helped kill off research into gun violence"; the U.S. leads all affluent societies in the gun deaths of children; and the NRA supported the "Docs vs. Glocks" law passed in Florida in 2011, which made it illegal for doctors to ask patients about firearms. The following statistics are from the report:

Following Sandy Hook, the National Rifle Association and its allies argued that arming more adults is the solution to protecting children, be it from deranged mass shooters or from home invaders. But the data we collected stands as a stark rejoinder to that view:

127 of the children died from gunshots in their own homes, while dozens more died in the homes of friends, neighbors, and relatives.
72 of the young victims either pulled the trigger themselves or were shot dead by another kid.
In those 72 cases, only 4 adults have been held criminally liable.
At least 52 deaths involved a child handling a gun left unsecured.

Additional findings include:

60 children died at the hands of their own parents, 50 of them in homicides.
The average age of the victims was 6 years old.
More than two-thirds of the victims were boys, as were more than three-quarters of the kids who pulled the trigger.
The problem was worst over the past year in the South, which saw at least 92 child gun deaths, followed by the Midwest (44), the West (38), and the East (20).

...What happened a year ago in Newtown is still in some ways hard to fathom. The nation mourns again for the victims and families. But as [former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Judith] Palfrey also puts it, "Newtown concentrated the horror in one place." Whether by malice or tragic mistake, the day-to-day toll of children dying from guns goes on.

Also see Mother Jones' interactive photo gallery of the 194 victims.

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