What Kills Kids

Over at Volokh.  I figured car accidents would be number one, but drowning is pretty high up there at 2.0 per 100,000.  Firearms are dead last at 0.1 per 100,000.  Ahead of firearms are falls, bikes, poisons, suffocation, and house fires.  We really need to ban gravity.  It’s for the Children.

4 Responses to “What Kills Kids”

  1. Jay says:

    The anti side is saying the statistics are meaningless because children are less likely to “encounter” guns than they are bikes and bathtubs. Of course, less encounters merely gives weight to the fact that the majority of gun owners are responsible and don’t just leave loaded guys laying around.

  2. Brent G says:

    Antis can say the stats are meaningless, but they spent years and a lot of money lobbying the network media to attack the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program, calling it “Joe Camel With Feathers.” And of course, they had egg on their faces talking about “children” being killed by guns, but then having their own statistics exposed for dishonestly including late-teen-age gang-on-gang crime to pump the numbers. Try as they might, even their twisting of facts couldn’t make the CDC statistics work in their favor, so they wave it off.

  3. Dano says:

    Why don’t we just ban life? After all its the leading cause of death.

  4. Robb Allen says:

    Actually, the percentage of drownings in pools vs. death by firearms in houses with firearms is something like 1 in 10,000 for pools and 1 in a million for firearms.

    But it’s never been about protecting children. It’s about control, pure and simple.