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About Gun Violence

• In 1998, 3,792 children ages 10-19 were killed by gun violence.

• In comparsion to the 25 industrialized nations, combined, children in the United States are 9 times more likely to die in a firearm related death.

• One of three high school students personally knows someone that has has been threatened by a gun .

• 20% of high school students know someone that has carried a gun to school.

• According to the "Hamilton College Youth and Guns Poll", nearly 90% of high school students support gun safety legislation - trigger locks, gun safety courses and CAP laws.

• 90% of high school students who were polled nationally perferred the registing and licensing of all new handguns, the support among them is higher than among adults.

• “The best data on the very specific threat of school-associated violent death reveals that children face a one in a million chance of being killed at school. The number of children killed by gun violence in schools is about half the number of Americans killed annually by lightning strikes.”

Key Facts: Firearms Deaths of Children

• The overall firearm-related death rate among U.S. children aged 14 years and younger was nearly 12 times higher than among children in the other 25 industrialized countries combined.

• The firearms homicide rate in the United States was nearly 16 times higher than that of the other 25 countries combined.

• The firearms suicide rate was nearly 11 times higher than that of the other 25 countries combined.

• The unintentional firearms death rate was 9 times higher than that of the other 25 countries combined2. Accidental Firearm Fatalities Among New Mexico Children, John R. Martin, MD; David P. Sklar, MD, FACEP; et al, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 20, No. 1, January 1991, pp. 58-61. This study analyzes the 25 unintentional firearm deaths among children in New Mexico under the age of 15 years that occurred between the years 1984 and 1988.

Key Facts:

• Most cases occurred inside the home (22 cases or 88%).

• Most cases involved handguns (56%).

• Loaded firearms were readily accessible in 93% of all unintentional shootings.

• The most common scenario was of a child playing with a gun that had been stored loaded, unlocked, and out of view.

• Handguns were used in 58% of the cases.


Source: The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence at
and the Violence Policy Center at


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last revised 05-Dec-2011 10:26 PM