1998, 3,792 children ages 10-19 were killed by gun violence.
comparsion to the 25 industrialized nations, combined, children
in the United States are 9 times more likely to die in a firearm
of three high school students personally knows someone that has
has been threatened by a gun .
of high school students know someone that has carried a gun to
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.
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.
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.
Facts: Firearms Deaths of Children
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.
firearms suicide rate was nearly 11 times higher than that of
the other 25 countries combined.
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.
cases occurred inside the home (22 cases or 88%).
cases involved handguns (56%).
firearms were readily accessible in 93% of all unintentional shootings.
most common scenario was of a child playing with a gun that had
been stored loaded, unlocked, and out of view.
were used in 58% of the cases.
The Coalition to Stop Gun
Violence at www.csgv.org
and the Violence Policy Center at www.vpc.org