The Myth of firearms “accidents” and how common they are

Sure enough, a tragedy has occurred and the usual suspects have lined up with pitchforks and torches.

This garbage editorial by Michael Cohen is but one example

Earlier this month I wrote about an unimaginable tragedy — the death of two Oklahoma residents, one a young mother, shot in the head while changing her daughter’s diaper; the other a 23-year-old man, surrounded by his family as they admired a new rifle, which went off accidentally and killed him.What made both killings so horrible was that they were at the hands of children; two 3 year-old boys to be exact. In the mother’s case, she was struck down by her own son.Yet, only a few weeks later here we are again. Another young mother, Veronica Rutledge, this time shopping at a Walmart in Idaho. Her 2-year-old son finds a loaded gun in her purse, pulls the trigger and in the blink of an eye, she is gone — leaving behind a child whose life is forever shattered.
Notice how he acts like this sort of incident is commonplace.  Unfortunately, the statistics disagree with him:
Unintentional Firearm Deaths 

2012 Deaths: 548
2011 Deaths: 591
2010 Deaths: 606
2009 Deaths: 554
2008 Deaths: 592

Source: CDC WISQARS Database, Fatal Injury Reports


It should be noted that this isn’t deaths per 100,000 – this is the total number of unintentional firearms death for the entire population of the US, all age groups from <1 to 85.  Each year there are roughly 600 unintentional firearms deaths total.

Of course, when you narrow the scope down to minors, children 18 & under, the number of unintentional firearms deaths decreases even further.

Unintentional Firearm Deaths Ages <1 through 18:

2012: 94
2011: 124
2010: 114
2009: 96
2008: 110

So, now that this bit of dishonesty is cleared up, let’s get to the biggest problem of the article:

This goes to the issue of gun safety. Mandatory gun safes for homes with young children, gun locks, tougher penalties for parents who allow children to get access to a weapon, public education on the dangers of unsecured guns in the home — there are basic steps that will barely reduce the number of gun deaths in America but could potentially protect children from the consequences of this nation’s gun culture. They are also the kind of measures that every American — no matter where they stand on the issue of gun control — should be able to agree on.

This is the heart of the matter: it’s not about the gun safety, it’s about making firearms ownership as difficult and expensive as possible.   What is especially disgusting is that he’s calling for public education on firearms – not to teach people their proper use, but how they they are a danger.

Can you imagine the outrage and furious condemnation that would occur if firearms safety & education took place in schools?  They don’t want children to know how to safely handle a firearm to prevent injury – they just want indoctrination on how “dangerous” they are.  When you point out the utter failure of “abstinence only” education with regards to sex ed, however, they refuse to see the parallel.

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