elizaboudicca: If you look at 2010, 61% of gun deaths are suicide. There are also several other things more likely to kill a child. Unintentional injuries is #1 because, as mmmmbeefy96 said, kids are stupid. They are stupid because they’re inexperienced and they get into things they’re not supposed to. They touch things they’re not supposed to.
Gun deaths also account for 17.5% of injury related deaths (among all ages), and about 1.3% of all deaths in the US in 2010 (again, at least 61% of which were intentionally self-inflicted). Statistically you are about 19x more likely to die from heart disease than by a gun. Please take your fear and ignorance elsewhere.
1. Your numbers are off. In 2010, there were over 31,000 gun deaths in America. 62% were suicides, not 61. 36% were homicides, and 2% were unintentional (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012). Almost as many Americans die from gunfire as die from car crashes (almost 34,000 in 2010). As of right now, Americans under the age of 40 are more likely to die from gunfire than from any specific disease (CDC 2012a).
2. Saying that kids are stupid and “inexperienced” means absolutely nothing. They’re no dumber than the kids in other developed nations. Kids “get into things they’re not supposed to” all over the world, so in America, are kids 5-14 years of age 13x more likely to get shot to death??
3. Comparing gun homicide to heart disease is extraordinarily stupid. Last time I checked, no one had ever used heart disease to kill a bunch of elementary school kids or shoot up a movie theatre. A lot of people do die from it, but unlike guns, a person’s heart disease cannot be used to harm other people. For Christ’s sake.
4. Telling me to “take my fear and ignorance somewhere else” also makes you sound dumb. You’re referring to something I posted on my blog. That would be kind of like walking into a church, then demanding that the priest and congregation stop shoving religion in your face. It’s their church. If you don’t like it, you’re free to leave.