According to childstats.gov, there are approximately 48.6 million children under the age of 12 in the United States. msnbc.com and Mother Jones are jumping on a study on children who were killed in gun homicides in 2012/2013 since Newtown. They’re “appalled” that roughly 200 (173 in MSNBC and 194 in Mother Jones) died this way. While every life is precious, if you do the math properly, that means the following . . .
1) .000412 % of children in America were killed with a gun in 2012/2013
2) There are an estimated 300 million firearms in the United States. So .000067% of firearms were used to kill children in 2012/2013 (This assumes one gun per crime, which of course Newtown throws out the window)
3) This means that 299,999,800 guns didn’t kill any babies last year. And when you take into account the annual gun homicide number of approximately 11,000, that means 299,989,000 guns didn’t kill anyone else either (again not factoring in multiple homicides with the same weapon)
3) The gun homicide rate in America for children under 12 is .41 per 100,000. The gun homicide rate for all of America is a touch over 3 per 100,000.
So that push for gun control…was that for the children? really? or was it for something else?