The real question is, "what is wrong with adult thinking as it relates to the subject of guns for kids?" It appears that the law makers in Iowa have arrived at all of the wrong answers to whatever questions they have asked themselves.
In Iowa, children under 14 may soon be able to handle "a pistol, revolver or the ammunition" under parental supervision.
A bill allowing children of all ages to handle real guns passed the Iowa House of Representatives on Tuesday and is on the way to the state Senate, where lawmakers will consider making it legal for minors under 14 to have "a pistol, revolver or the ammunition" under parental supervision.
The bill passed 62-36 in the state House. Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt, a Democrat who voted against the bill, told local media that the bill "allows for one-year-olds, two-year-olds, three-year-olds, four-year-olds to operate handguns."
Rev. Cheryl Thomas, policy director at Iowans for Gun Safety, said the bill was designed to weaken the state's gun laws. The advocacy group petitioned the House on Monday, urging lawmakers to reject the bill.
Last week, the gun control advocacy group Violence Policy Center released a report that found the firearms industry is advertising to children as young as grade-school age "for financial and political gain."
"As household gun ownership has steadily declined and the primary gun market of white males continues to age, the firearms industry has set its sights on America’s children," the report states. "Much like the tobacco industry’s search for replacement smokers, the gun industry is seeking replacement shooters."
Carelessly stored firearms kill two children a week. That won’t change until we start prosecuting parents.
fact: 13 toddlers have accidentally killed themselves with guns so far this year...
There have been at least 43 shootings carried by children under the age of three in the United States so far this year. Guns left within reach of toddlers can have tragic consequences.
In 2015 there has been at least one shooting by a toddler a week in the US.
"We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths."
“I think that we have to look at the fact that we lose 90 people a day from gun violence. This has gone on too long and it's time the entire country stood up against the NRA.”
In 31 of the 43 recorded cases, a toddler found a gun and shot themselves. The Washington Post's Wonkblog examined news reports of toddler gun shootings and analysed who was shot in each accident, and which states in the US have the most prevalent toddler gun shootings.
They found that so far in 2015:
• 13 toddlers have killed themselves with guns
• 18 other small children injured themselves
• 10 injured other people
• Two killed other people
The victims in the two cases where others were fatally shot included the father of one toddler who picked up a gun, and the one-year-old brother of another shooter.
The states with the most restrictive gun laws didn't have any recorded toddler shootings. California regulates gun sales quite heavily, requiring those who buy guns to pass a written safety test, and only guns from a very stringent roster can be sold. All gun sales are recorded by the state and there is a ten-day wait period for all purchases.
Missouri had the highest rate with five toddler shootings yet it has relatively lax gun laws - there is no need to have a permit to buy a gun, or to have a license to own one.
Wonkblog's analysis is supported by other data; children can often the victims of gun accidents. Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that between 2007 and 2011, an average of 62 children age 14 and under were accidentally shot and killed each year in the US.
And according to research centre Every Town, which campaigns against gun violence, this federal data "substantially undercounts" these deaths.
The site outlines tragic examples of child gun victims, including that of an unattended three-year-old child, who took a gun left in the house and shot her mother's boyfriend's three-year-old son.
This news comes after President Barack Obama's plea following the Oregon mass shooting in October. He said that "Our thoughts and prayers" for gun victims "are not enough" and followed by saying: "How can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more guns will make us safer?"
"We know that states with the most guns laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths."
Sobering ABC News study conducted in collaboration with Yale University secretly filmed unsupervised children around unattended handguns... New study published in the medical journal Pediatrics says that over 7,000 children go to hospital ER's every year suffering from gun injuries... Another 3,000 children die from gunshot wounds in the US before they reach hospital... 1.7 million children live in a home with an unlocked and loaded firearm... 1 child or teen is injured every hour by firearms in the US
The research, which was published on Jan. 27 in Pediatrics, looked at a nationally-representative sample of hospitalizations at more than 4,000 medical centers that occured in 2009 for children and adolescents under 20 years of age.
The researchers identified 7,391 hospitalizations in this group that were due to firearm injuries. About 84 percent of shooting injuries involved teens between 15 and 19 years old. An overwhelming 89 percent of the patients were male. The firearm injury rate for black males was more than 10 times the rate for white males.
"These data highlight the toll of gun-related injuries that extends beyond high-profile cases, and those children and adolescents who die before being hospitalized," Dr. John Leventhal, a professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, said in a press release.
The majority of the hospitalized adolescents were injured during an assault. But, for children under 10 years old, 75 percent of the injuries were due to unintentional or accidental firearm injuries.
A little more than half of the injuries (52 percent) involved open wounds, followed by fractures (50 percent), then chest, abdomen or pelvis internal injuries (32 percent).
Traumatic brain injuries were most common in patients under 5 years old, but accounted for only about 15 percent of all adolescent firearm injuries.
About 6 percent of the patients, or 453 adolescents, died as a result of their injuries.
However, those who did survive often required lots of follow-up treatments after they left the hospital. These included rehabilitation, home health care, hospital readmission for other symptoms stemming from the firearm injury and mental health or social services.
Suicides were the least likely cause of firearm injury, but 35.1 percent of gun victims hospitalized after a suicide attempt died.
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told HealthDay that people do not realize how common firearm injuries are.
"People have firearms at home for a variety of reasons. Some people think they are safer with them, but the evidence shows that's not the case," Benjamin said. "Far too often, there was a firearm under a mattress or a parent who put a firearm up high in the closet, way in the back -- but that's exactly where a child will look."
He called for guns to be made safer.
"Pediatricians and other health care providers can play an important role in preventing these injuries through counseling about firearm safety, including safe storage," added Leventhal.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for a strong assault weapons ban, requiring mandatory background checks and waiting periods for all firearm purchases, banning high-capacity magazines, strong handgun regulations and federal laws requiring safe firearm storage. A 2013 study showed that the states with the most stringent gun laws had the fewest gun-related deaths.
In 2012, the academy also pointed out that the children are safest when their homes don’t have guns. If guardians chose to own them, they should store guns locked and unloaded, and put ammunition in a different area.
"We've made cars much, much safer without outlawing cars," Benjamin said. "A comprehensive strategy which makes firearms safer and people safer with their firearms would dramatically reduce firearm deaths and injuries."
Over 7,000 children are hospitalized or killed due to gun violence every year, according to a new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics. An additional 3,000 children die from gun injuries before making it to the hospital, bringing the total number of injured or killed adolescents to 10,000 each year.
The new study, led by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, highlights the toll gun violence has on child mortality rates in the country. Doctors surveyed the most recently released data from 2009 that tracked pediatric hospital stays.
“This study reinforces what we know from the mortality data,” Daniel Webster, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, told NBC News. “We have an extraordinary health burden in our youth associated with firearms injuries.”
In the 2009 Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID), 7,391 children under the age of 20 had been hospitalized for injuries from firearms and the majority of those gunshot injuries —4,559—resulted from intentional firearm assaults. 2,149 of those injured were accidents, and 270 were suicide attempts. Of the children who were hospitalized, 453 – 6% – died from their injuries.
“That’s more than 7,000 children injured badly enough to be hospitalized,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. John Leventhal, a pediatrics professor at the Yale School of Medicine. “All are unnecessary hospitalizations because preventing gun violence is something that can actually be done.”
Levanthal pointed out that parents should keep their guns locked in a safe hiding place and keep them separate from the ammunition to decrease the high number of accidental injuries, especially for smaller children.
Webster also suggested to NBC News that the government should make it illegal for individuals under 21 to own a firearm, referring to research that shows a peak in homicides between young adults age 18 and 20. “While you have to be 21 to purchase a handgun from a dealer, if you’re an 18-year-old you can go to a private seller and legally purchase a handgun in 38 out of 50 states,” Webster said.
Webster also compared the U.S.’ standing with other high income nations and pointed out that the mortality rate from firearms in the U.S. is nearly 10 times higher than the rates in other wealthy nations. “This is a very unique and abnormal problem that such a wealthy nation should have such high mortality and morbidity in youth related to firearms,” he said.
After the devastating tragedy at Sandy Hook in December 2012, the gun policy debate intensified, coinciding with the rising number of children killed by guns in the U.S. every year. In the first 14 school days of 2014, there have been at least 7 school shootings: at Wakefield Elementary School in Calif., Berrendo Middle School in New Mexico, Liberty Technology High School in Tenn., Albany High School in Georgia, Delaware Valley Charter School in Penn., Widener University in Penn., and most recently, Purdue University in Indiana. In 2013, there were 28 school shootings.
The American Academy of Pediatrics wrote in 2012 that “firearm-related deaths continue as 1 of the top 3 causes of death in American youth.”