Someone came by searching for “children killed by handguns 2012.” The CDC does not break down firearms deaths by weapon. But the total for all guns is far less than the media and the gun control propagandists have lead the public to believe.
Keep in mind that the international standard for “childhood” ends at the 16th birthday. 16 to 21 year olds are “young adults, and over 21 are “adults.” Some gun control advocates have been known to use 65 as the cutoff age for childhood. With that caution, let’s look at the Center For Disease Control numbers for Childhood Deaths.
While the gun banners like to say 10,000 children a day, 500 a day, or some other absurd number of children die in firearms accidents, the Center For Disease Control counts death certificates and says the true number killed in a gun accident for 2010, the last year data is available, is just one and four tenths a week. And even that total includes a substantial number of childhood suicides that coroners have chosen to list as “accidents.”
You can click on the image on the right, where the total is given as 73, or go to the CDC’s WISQUARS site and confirm this chart. Scroll to the bottom, change to “top 20” causes of death, set the age range to <1 through 15 and let the program do its thing. You will get a pair of vertical charts, and click on the bright blue "unintentional deaths" box to get a chart just like that one.
Then you can back up a page, click on the homicide box, and get a chart just like the one immediately below, on the left. Click on the chart for a clearer view, and you will see the CDC counted 313 childhood homicides during the last year data has been completely tabulated, 2010. What it does not say is that more than 80 percent are gang related, and another 7% are unwanted children murdered by a parent or guardian. But those numbers are are demonstrably true as well.
Unless they have changed the way arithmetic works since 1940, 73 fatal childhood gun accidents plus 313 children murdered with some sort of gun adds up to a grand total of 386 children killed with a gun during 2010. That is well under half the total for 1988, when Handgun Control Inc., and other gun control groups were trying to push through the Brady Bill.
Those bare numbers and charts do not say that every year private gun ownership has grown, the firearms related homicide and accidental death rates among all age groups has dropped. More guns mean less crime. And more guns mean fewer gun accidents, as well.
Something clearly shown by the fact that we have some 75 million American children under 16. That “demographic cohort” has more than 58 million man years of exposure to firearms each year, with an “all causes” fatality rate of less than 1 per 190,000 child years of exposure. Few things are as safe to have in your home as a firearm. Care to familiarize children with firearms at an early age will further reduce the residual risk involved in keeping guns in the home.