9/23/2012

Accidental firearm deaths for those under age 15 rise back up in 2010


CDC data show number of accidental firearm deaths for children under age 15 has gone back up to 62, a number that it was at in 2008.  The 48 accidental deaths in 2009 was unusually low.  A similar pattern also held for total accidental gun deaths for all ages: 2008, 592; 2009, 554; and 2010, 606.

However, over the longer term, the pattern for accidental gun deaths is similar to other accidental deaths in that is as long as we have data you see a gradual decline, though in recent years the decline in accidental firearm deaths has slowed.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Accidental Firearms deaths can be greatly reduced by simple training of our children in firearms saftey.

As a child, I was exposed to many different types of firearms, and had safety drilled into my head.

Having to clean all of the firearms after a day of shooting, sure does take the curiosity out of the whole program, and when my son was old enough to 'zoom' around the house, I had him watch me dissasemble and clean my guns.

I also told him to never touch 'em, and let him handle them so he would know the difference between a toy, and a weapon.

Worked out just fine.

9/24/2012 1:33 PM  
OpenID valentsgrif said...

Any accidental death by a firearm or any device) is one too many, but compared to bike accidents, swimming pools, medical malpractice incidents, matches/lighters, and poisonings, guns are quite the abberation. Also, the gun accident stats may also include accidental shooting by a third person such as a police officer, instead of the typical child finds a gun scenario.

9/26/2012 3:28 PM  

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