Gunshots Kill More Kids Now Than Ever
The increase of children killed by bullets needs to be addressed.
The number of children whose lives are ended by bullets is frightening. While 7,500 are rushed to the hospital due to gunshot wounds, 500 of them tragically do not survive according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Statistics show that there is something to be said for the number of kids with gunshot wounds at home and the percentage of homes which hold firearms. From 1997 to 2009, the number of gunshot wounds that led to hospitalizations for children rose from 4,270 to 7,730-- nearly doubling. The number of deaths did the same, from 317 to 503.
"Handguns account for the majority of childhood gunshot wounds, and this number appears to be increasing over the last decade," said Dr. Arin L. Madenci despite current gun-control efforts.
Madenci urged that policies pushing a reduction of guns in homes, especially handguns, is the key to effectively lowering the number of children injured and killed via gunshot injuries.
On the topic of gun safety, it is alarming to note that the federal law prevents agencies from using funds to promote gun control. Why and how is that even a thing, and in what way is this deemed lawfully right?
"We had the impression that mass shootings caused so many injuries and those normally do get a lot of national attention, but in looking at the numbers, gun violence was happening to children on a routine basis," said Dr. Angela Sauaia. "It was mostly happening out of the spotlight. These are not isolated tragedies."
Numerous shooting epidemics continue to pop up throughout the years in schools and public places like movie theaters.