Saturday, May 11, 2013
The topic of guns in the hands of children continues. One very consistent talking point made during a Senate debate in April was that expanded background checks would not have prevented the Newtown massacre. This statement was published in an article by Michael Allen on May 10, 2013 on the opposingviews.com website. But you can only truly agree with the parents of the slain Newtown children that it's no longer about their children, but it's about future children who may be killed by guns.
The number continues to rise, as a minimum of 71 children have been killed by guns since the Newtown school tragedy.
The most common scenario was kid-on-kid: At least 29 of the accidental deaths occurred when a kid under 17 pulled the trigger.
The average age of the victims was just under six years old.
20 victims were girls and 51 were boys.
The problem was worst in the South: Florida had the most kids killed (four accidents, five alleged homicides), followed by Ohio and Tennessee (four accidents and two alleged homicides in each state), followed by Alabama (two accidents, two alleged homicides) and South Carolina (four accidents).