Guns now beat out cars for killing children

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The study in the New England Journal of Medicine quantifies the leading causes of death nationwide for people ages 1 to 19. Based on the analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, firearm-related deaths among children and adolescents increased by 29% from 2019 to 2020.

“The increasing rates of firearm mortality are a longer-term trend and demonstrate that we continue to fail to protect our youngest population from a preventable cause of death,” says Jason Goldstick,,,professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine…

“Motor vehicle crashes were consistently the leading cause of death for children and adolescents by a fairly wide margin, but by making vehicles and their drivers safer, these types of fatalities have drastically decreased over the past 20 years,” says Patrick Carter, co-director of the institute and associate professor of emergency medicine and of health behavior and health education…

“Injury prevention science played a crucial role in reducing automobile deaths without taking cars off the road, and we have a real opportunity here to generate a similar impact for reducing firearm deaths through the application of rigorous injury prevention science.”

I’m not at all clear what Carter thinks might work as well for firearms as safety improvements have for motor vehicles. Maybe bring strict licensing, attendant proof of such licensing, for the purchase of ammunition? Simpler devices don’t necessarily make for easy solutions … when human beings are involved.

4 thoughts on “Guns now beat out cars for killing children

  1. RaPaR says:

    And yet, not a peep, not a single finger raised by Congress. The single, most useless, institution in America if you’re not a corporation or super-billionaire.

    The single greatest cause of childhood deaths in the US is Congress!

  2. Æ says:

    “Credit card purchases of firearms in the US can now be tracked and purchases deemed suspicious can even be shared with law enforcement, according to a new measure approved by an organization that sets parameters for business transactions.
    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) voted in favor of creating a merchant code for firearms stores, according to Reuters.
    Merchant codes are four-digit codes that categorize retailers across all industries; until now, gun purchases had been classified under “miscellaneous retail stores” or “sporting goods stores.”

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