Children in the most rural areas of the United States are as likely to die by gunshot as kids in the biggest cities, a new analysis of nearly 24,000 deaths finds.The pro-gun supporters have a few words they use too much, "draconian" is one. Another is "despicable." They often use "despicable" to describe gun control efforts, you know "taking away rights" and all that nonsense.
Not surprisingly, murders involving firearms are more common among city youth. But gun suicides and accidental shootings level the score: They are more common among rural kids.
"This debunks the myth that firearm death is a big-city problem," said lead author Dr. Michael Nance of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "This is everybody's problem."
Well, I'll give you an example of despicable. On gun blogs you'll sometimes read a mocking and sarcastic phrase aimed at the gun control folks, an attempt to indicate their arguments are silly. They say "it's for the children," as if there's something wrong with that. That's what I call despicable.
Why do you suppose the rural kids are having as much trouble with guns as they are? Aren't they taught by their dads what to do and what not to do? Aren't they being "gun proofed?" We can understand the stats in inner cities, what with gangs and drugs all around, but what's the problem in those less populated areas?
The new findings add important information to what's known about guns and kids, said Dr. Elizabeth Powell of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, who has conducted research on firearms in Chicago, but was not involved in the new study.
"Prevention strategies need to be targeted to youth in rural areas as well as urban areas," Powell said.
I'll tell you what the problem is, it's guns. Guns are inherently dangerous and kids, as well as adults, are going to make mistakes with them. The more guns there are the more mistakes we have.
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