Sunday, December 1, 2013
Accidental Firearm Deaths are Under-reported by 100%
The New York Times
A New York Times review of hundreds of child firearm deaths found that accidental shootings occurred roughly twice as often as the records indicate, because of idiosyncrasies in how such deaths are classified by the authorities. The killings of Lucas, Cassie and Alex, for instance, were not recorded as accidents. Nor were more than half of the 259 accidental firearm deaths of children under age 15 identified by The Times in eight states where records were available.
As a result, scores of accidental killings are not reflected in the official statistics that have framed the debate over how to protect children from guns.
This bears repeating since some of our favorite commenters still seem to not get it.
In re-posting this I wondered if in the same way the number of gun deaths could be under-reported.