Yes, Guns Really Are Hazardous to Children

It isn’t your imagination — the presence of guns really is hazardous to the health of children, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The number of U.S. youth getting murdered by guns is rising, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. In the last 30 years, nearly four times as many kids were killed by guns than by other violent methods like stabbing, strangling or poisoning — and researchers noticed that proportion rose significantly during the end of the three decade time period. [...]

A separate study released this week found that the youth who own firearms are far more likely to end up in the ER with assault injuries than the youth who aren’t gun owners. Treating wounds resulting from gun injuries costs Americans an estimated $5.6 billion in medical bills each year.

It’s worth pointing out that new studies from the CDC, the first of their kind in years, will begin to emerge as directed by President Obama in an executive order signed following the massacre at Sandy Hook.

The last time the CDC studied the issue was in 1996 before the NRA successfully convinced Congress to defund such studies.

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  • Semanticleo

    “A separate study released this week found that the youth who own firearms are far more likely to end up in the ER with assault injuries than the youth who aren’t gun owners”

    How many persons without bathtubs die while slipping on bathtub slime?

    I suggest the source for your stats need some instruction on data analysis.

    • muselet

      How many persons without bathtubs die while slipping on bathtub slime?

      Non sequitur. “Assault injuries” does not necessarily mean gunshot wounds.

      Here’s the link to a summary of the current paper.

      Firearm possession was associated with higher odds of having been in a recent serious fight, of using drugs, and of having an aggressive attitude that increases the risk of retaliatory violence, the group reported in the August issue of Pediatrics.

      It’s not a perfect study and its conclusions may not be applicable to the country as a whole (the authors say so themselves, in large part because it involves data from the ED of a single medical center), but it does show a correlation between firearms ownership and injuries from assault.

      In future, may I suggest you follow a link or two before you go for the snark?

      –alopecia

      EDITED to remove an unnecessary word.

    • mrbrink

      Maybe it’s time you wash out your disgusting bathtub before you kill someone with it.