Friends, Siblings, Acquaintances Account for 98% of 15-and-Under Accidental Gun Deaths. This is News?

Sorry, but David Hemenway of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and his colleagues Catherine Barber and Matthew Miller need to find something else to do with their time/our tax money. Their pre-publication findings on accidental gun deaths involving children under 15 are startlingly non-startling. “[The team] used data from 17 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2003 to 2006,” reports.” Among the 363 unintentional firearm deaths during the study period, about half were inflicted by others. Of these shooting deaths, four out of five of the shooters were under age 25, and one in three were under age 15. The overwhelming majority of deaths were by a friend, brother or acquaintance. Fewer than 2 percent were inflicted by strangers, the study said.” This from the school whose home page asks “Nutrition. Time to cut out the salami?” But not the bologna: “”The young age of most of the shooters and victims shows what can happen when young people get their hands on a gun,” Hemenway said in a statement. “Youth with guns are a danger to themselves, but even more so to their friends and family.”

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