Terrible tally: 500 children dead from gunshots every year ..

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  1. Mrs G Norris

    Mrs G Norris #JeSuisUrsa

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    .. 7,500 hurt, analysis finds

    About 500 American children and teenagers die in hospitals every year after sustaining gunshot wounds — a rate that climbed by nearly 60 percent in a decade, according to the first-ever accounting of such fatalities, released Sunday.

    In addition, an estimated 7,500 kids are hospitalized annually after being wounded by gunfire, a figure that spiked by more than 80 percent from 1997 to 2009, according two Boston doctors presenting their findings at a conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, held in Orlando, Fla.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/health/terrible-tally-500-children-dead-gunshots-every-year-7-500-8C11469222
     
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  3. Charlie09

    Charlie09 Former Member

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    CHERIE.T Former Member

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    Children dying by any means is tragic. imo
     
  5. Sonya610

    Sonya610 Former Member

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    I am surprised the number is so low, I guess this only counts the ones that died in the hospital and not the ones dead at the scene.

    Note the article considers "children" to be 20 years old or younger, it actually says "teens aged 20 or younger". Since when is 20 a teen? Then the article shows pictures of a 5 year old and uses a 3 year old as an example. Facts apparently have nothing to do with that piece, it is all about emotion and spin.

    The vast majority of those "children" were in fact murdered by violent criminals and that gives me every reason to own firearms.

     
  6. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Yeah, I think the numbers in the OP are just from the hospital records and don't include the ones who died without ever going to the hospital.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/14/guns-injuries-children/2955557/

    (I consider 19 year olds young adults and not children but they shouldn't be dying anyway)
     
  7. Ausgirl

    Ausgirl Enough Is Enough!

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    Total of all gun crimes in Australia in 2012 were - 1,217.

    In Japan, I think it was - 11.

    8,000 wounded and dead kids in one country suggests to me - a problem.
     
  8. Tulessa

    Tulessa Well-Known Member

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  9. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Wow, I didn't know that about Japan. Interesting.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/internat...-virtually-eliminated-shooting-deaths/260189/

     
  10. Mrs G Norris

    Mrs G Norris #JeSuisUrsa

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    But Ausgirl, guns are awesome!! Also there was some law written at a time when guns were single shot muscats that means that everyone has the right to own a gun, just in case the citizens need to rise up against the government (or something) don't you know? Also a lot of crims have guns, so therefore everyone should be able to get one too. Also guns don't kill people, people kill people. There is more of this cr*p being spruiked .. basically it means the gun industry doesn't want to lose any sales, and if people die then that's just collateral damage that everyone must accept as a price for so called 'freedom' .. ?
     
  11. Tulessa

    Tulessa Well-Known Member

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    Wise lady. ;)
     
  12. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Twelve thousand people dead annually certainly sounds like citizens are having a civil war amongst themselves.

    It never made much sense to me that there is a law that people have a right to own guns in case they need to rise up against the government, when in practice, if they try to rise up against the government and shoot a senator or something they will be arrested and prosecuted as murderers.
     
  13. pomegranate

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    I wish we could. But since that's impossible, we should work to reduce those numbers in all categories in any way we can. I don't see anyone opposing pool safety, automobile safety, or efforts to reduce SIDS deaths. Working to protect kids from gun injuries shouldn't be any different.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
     
  14. Charlie09

    Charlie09 Former Member

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    There's a difference between educating and trying to restrict ownership of guns

    sent from my galaxy 4 using SWYPE, expect typos.
     
  15. SapphireSteel

    SapphireSteel New Member

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    I was watching an Australian cop show and they were talking about some perp they found with an AK47 (back before our tighter laws).

    He said, and I quote "we couldn't think of one single reason why anyone would need an AK47" and he's right.

    :(
     
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    SapphireSteel New Member

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    Gun laws do not restrict your ability to own guns any more than a drivers license restricts your ability to drive a car.
     
  17. ATasteOfHoney

    ATasteOfHoney Active Member

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    I think gun crimes (and violence) is just a symptom of larger societal issues going on in the States. But you'd have to live here to know about them---some of the issues are not too pretty.....
     
  18. Trident

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    BBM - Japan may not have much gun violence, but Fukashima has the potential to kill the world.

    IMO, of course.
     
  19. Sonya610

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    Compare the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami to that of Katrina when it hit New Orleans.

    One was ultra civilized the other was mass chaos, looting and random violence at the first opportunity.

    That is why Americans want their firearms, different culture and different risks.
     
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    It's even sillier when you realize that if the government wants to kill you they can use a drone and your gun will for all intents be useless.
     
  21. SweetT

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    Its called GANG activity. Get rid of gangs and these numbers will drop dramatically.

    Compare towns without gangs to towns with gangs and its easy to figure out the problem.
     

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