Recently, I wrote about ABC News doing an experiment showing that kids are drawn to firearms. The premise of the “experiment” was a study done by Yale University, which found that one American child every hour is hospitalized due to gunshot wounds.
Their little experiment attempted to show why so many kids are victims of unintentional “gun violence.” But what they won’t tell you is how many kids are injured or killed by other means.
According to the 2010 Death and Mortality numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more children under the age of ten are unintentionally killed in fire or water-related incidents than are killed in accidental gun deaths.
Gun scholar John Lott pulled together various CDC tables showing that thirty-six children under the age of ten were killed in firearm-related accidents in 2010.
The number of children under the age of ten killed in “unintentional fire/burn deaths” was 262, and the number killed in “unintentional drowning” incidents was 609.
This is viewed as a “death rate per 100,000” and translates into “age-adjusted rates” of .09 for unintentional gun-related deaths, .64 for unintentional fire/burn deaths, and 1.4 for unintentional drowning deaths.
The number of children unintentionally killed in fire-related deaths was over seven times higher than the number of children killed in unintentional gun-related deaths, and the number of children killed in unintentional drowning deaths was sixteen times higher than the number of children killed in unintentional gun-related deaths.
This is like those statistics showing more people die from hammers and fists than from “assault” rifles. But all you hear in the media are calls for assault gun bans. No one calls for hammer or fist control. No one’s doing “experiments” to find out why so many kids are “drawn” to fire or water. They instead focus on the rare, shocking occurrences to scare their viewers into accepting gun control…for the children.