Gun control advocates are famous (in these parts) for using misleading statistics to promote civilian disarmament. Gun violence claims 30k lives a year! they proclaim. The antis ignore or skim over the fact that suicides account for around half of these deaths. Gun control has no appreciable effect upon this behavior (see: “gun-free” Japan’s suicide rate). Doesn’t matter. Gun control is for the children™. For example . . .
“Nearly 10,000 American children are injured or killed by guns every year,” an msnbc.com headline asserts, citing a study of “children” under the age of 20. Yes, 20. Epidemic: Guns kill twice as many kids as cancer does, usatoday.com proclaims. “In 2010, 15,576 children and teenagers [emphasis added] were injured by firearms — three times more than the number of U.S. soldiers injured in the war in Afghanistan, according to the defense fund.”
The fact that most of these firearms-related “childhood” deaths involved teenage gang bangers is neither here nor there. But it is here. Although they didn’t die in a hail of bullets, here’s a Chicago suntimes.com story of two such children involved in “gun violence”:
When 15-year-old Denzel Burke received an order from an older Conservative Vice Lord to shoot at a rival they spotted on a sidewalk in Rogers Park, he and his teenage pal dutifully got out of the car they were traveling in and chased their prey, Cook County prosecutors alleged Friday.
“Wet that T-shirt up,” Eric Vaughn allegedly told Burke, encouraging him to wound the 19-year-old target before handing Burke a loaded gun on the afternoon of July 12.
Passersby also heard Burke’s friend, Michael Phillips, 17, further embolden Burke as the two chased after the other teen in the 1300 block of West Devon Avenue, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said Friday.
“Get his ass,” Phillips allegedly said as Burke fired 10 times, missing the rival but striking photographer Wil Lewis in the back as he stood at a nearby bus stop, Santini said. [ED: killing Lewis]
After the shooting, Burke allegedly unloaded his weapon on Devon Avenue, and Phillips was heard urging him to flee: “Come on.”
If these two “youths” had not been apprehended, what are the odds they would have ended-up as firearms-related fatalities? If they had, they would had been more grist for gun control advocates’ mill.
The antis refuse to acknowledge the truth. If you look at the numbers rationally, we don’t have a gun problem. We have a suicide and gang problem. What are gun control advocates doing to address these issues? Making it harder for law-abiding Americans to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Go figure. [h/t Pascal]