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15 Shocking Facts About Children and Guns

By michellehorton |

We’ve recently become very friendly with our new neighbors, who moved to New York from the U.K. They have two small boys (4 years and 18 months), and so it’s been interesting and eye-opening to compare cultural and political differences between the two countries. Especially in the context of parenting.

While our neighbors are happy here in the States, there is one issue that has them second-guessing their decision to move here: guns.

Of course their concern was amplified after the horrific tragedy in our backyard, but they brought that fear with them from the start. The gun violence here — which doesn’t seem to be slowing down — simply doesn’t happen in the U.K. Of course no country is immune to mental illness, domestic violence, and tragedies — but, as you’ll see in the following facts about children and guns, U.S. children are 65 times more likely to be killed by a gun than a U.K. child. That’s a tremendous statistic to consider as a parent.

Seeing the issue through their perspective — stripped of constitutional and political issues — suddenly makes it all look so simple. These are our children. Are we okay with parents being scared to raise kids here? Is that something we should be proud of?

And then I realized that perhaps American parents aren’t aware of just how dire the situation is. I mean, I found these facts to be pretty darn jaw-dropping — and I have a feeling you will too. Here’s the truth about guns and children in our country:

15 Shocking Facts About Children and Guns

Children and Guns

All of these statistics come from The Children's Defense Fund's publication, Protect Children, Not Guns 2013which analyzes data on gun injuries and deaths from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 



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Michelle Horton is the founder of Early Mama, an award-winning site that proves young motherhood doesn’t have to define or limit us. When not writing, she’s typically pretending to be a superhero in her 4-year-old son’s imaginative play. Read bio and latest posts → Read Michelle's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “15 Shocking Facts About Children and Guns

  1. Glenn Goewert says:

    I’m going to call you on this overused, misleading lie. Teenage drug-dealing gang members shooting each other make up the vast majority of these “children”!

  2. Glenn Goewert says:

    I don’t have a Facebook account, but I would like to point out that these are extremely misleading numbers. The vast majority of these “children” are inner-city teenage drug-dealers and gangbangers shooting each other, not innocent little tykes.

  3. Christmas still remains a “gunfest” for many Americans. Last Christmas, even after the tragic Newtown massacre, gun owners happily posted photos of themselves with their new “toys” under the Xmas tree.
    Its time to stop the meaningless madness of school shootings and take meaningful action about gun culture in America.
    It’s still way too easy to purchase guns. No where is the uptick in gun purchasing revealed than during holiday season. . Once upon a time ordering a 12 gauge shot gun from your favorite Xmas catalog was as easy and painless as ordering a pair of roller skates. No waiting, No fuss no muss. For a peek inside the mail order madness of mid century Xmas catalogs filled with gifts and guns galore

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