Shootings Now The Third Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Children


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❝ Few stories are more heartbreaking than those involving children who are injured or killed by gunshots. It isn’t hard to find them: In June alone, a 6-year-old accidentally shot and killed a 4-year-old in South Carolina, a father accidentally shot and killed his 9-year-old daughter in Indiana and an 8-year-old Mississippi boy was accidentally shot in the chest. His grandparents drove him to the hospital, but he died 45 minutes later. Sadly, the list of child gun deaths goes on.

❝ Though we constantly see examples in the news, child gun injuries and deaths may be even more prevalent in the United States than we realized. A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics showed that an average of 5,790 children in the United States receive emergency room treatment for gun-related injuries each year, and around 21 percent of those injuries are unintentional. The study also found that an average of 1,297 children die annually from gun-related injuries, making guns the third-leading cause of death for children in America…The number is based on data taken from 2012–2014 for children up to the age of 17…

❝ …53 percent of the gun-related deaths were homicides, while 38 percent were suicides, 6 percent were unintentional and 3 percent were related to law enforcement or undetermined causes. Of the injuries, 71 percent were assault, 21 percent were unintentional, 5 percent were related to law enforcement or undetermined causes and around 3 percent were self-inflicted.

❝ In 2010, 91 percent of the children killed by guns around the world were American, where, according to the data, 19 children die from or are treated for gunshot wounds each day.

RTFA for more terrible statistics, anecdotal information, description of how amoral our society has become. The right to arm yourself out of fear or hatred wholly supersedes any intelligent, informed discussion of rights in a free society. Including the right to protect the lives of children.

Tropical Storm Cindy nears Louisiana

❝ Tropical Storm Cindy formed in the Gulf Tuesday afternoon and was heading toward the Louisiana coast, bringing with it the potential threat of life-threatening flash floods.

As a result, the Gulf coast from the Louisiana-Mississippi border, which includes New Orleans, to the Houston-Galveston area of Texas was under a tropical storm warning — which means tropical storm conditions are expected.

❝ Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said that what’s notable about Cindy was that some of the storm’s most intense weather was far from its core.

Tropical storm-force winds were extending about 205 miles from the storm’s center, mainly to the north and east, forecasters said.

“It’s a large sprawling system, it’s not a classic tropical cyclone,” Stewart said.

❝ Whether it’s a sign of things to come this season remains to be seen, but NOAA’s prediction of a busier-than-normal hurricane season is ringing true so far.

As much as we often whine about the absence of rain – average annual rainfall here in northern New Mexico is 14+ inches. If we’re lucky. Still, I do not miss the weather on the Gulf of Mexico. Even if I miss the crawfish.