Pediatric study claims fewer kids die from guns in states with stricter laws

This study was conducted for only a five-year period.

They speak about “mandated universal background checks” as if some states don’t even have UBCs.

From Yahoo (via USA Today): Children living in states with more restrictions on firearms are less likely to die from them, a new study says.

States with the strictest gun laws had about 40% fewer firearm-related deaths among children compared with states with the most lax laws, according to the study, published Monday in journal Pediatrics.

“This means, that we may be able to reduce the pediatric death toll in our country by nearly half with strengthened gun safety laws,” lead author Monika Goyal told USA TODAY.

Her team also found that states mandating universal background checks prior to gun purchases had 35% lower gun-related mortality rates in children.

Goyal, an epidemiologist and research director of the emergency division of Children’s National pediatric hospital in Washington, D.C., said she feels compelled to find ways to prevent gun violence – which many say has become a public health crisis. “As a pediatric emergency medicine physician, I personally have cared for too many children who have been unfortunate victims of gun violence,” she said.

Increasing gun-related deaths among children have become a key issue in the USA. A study released last fall found that firearm-related injuries were the second leading cause of deaths among children in the U.S. in 2016.

Rebecca Cunningham, lead author of the 2018 study and emergency medicine professor at the University of Michigan, said guns are especially dangerous around children because of a lack of maturity.

“Children and adolescents do not have the brain maturity to resist impulsive behavior successfully,” Cunningham said. “In other settings, this lack of mature impulse control is not fatal. When reaching for a gun as a toddler or as a depressed or angry teen, that impulsivity is often fatal due to the lethality of the firearms.”

The Pediatrics study found that 21,241 people under 21 died of firearm-related injuries from 2011 to 2015. This means more than 10 children die from gun violence every day, Goyal said.

Lars Dalseide, National Rifle Association spokesperson, said the NRA has made strong efforts to promote the safe and responsible use of firearms. One example is the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, a gun accident prevention program that teaches kids about gun safety.

Dalseide said he was skeptical of the study’s methods. “Any social scientist worth their salt has to question a study that cherry-picks a microscopic 5-year time window of data when there is more than 50 years of data available,” he said.

There’s still more work to be done in order to understand how legislation may effectively reduce gun-related deaths among children, Goyal said, but it’s a similar process to researching the relationship between car safety and laws.

“Just as we have invested in rigorous scientific research to inform policies related to motor vehicle passenger safety – which have in turn dramatically reduced the number of pediatric deaths from motor vehicle collisions – we must embrace the same evidence-based strategies if we wish to curtail the firearm epidemic in our country,” Goyal said.

Cunningham co-leads the Firearm-Safety Among Children & Teens Consortium (FACTS) researchers across the country working to prevent gun violence against children. She said it’s critical to pursue research into gun violence to gain a full understanding of the issue.

“We don’t have to accept the continued rise of deaths among our children and teens by firearm injury,” Cunningham said. “This is an addressable public health issue, that can be accomplished by injury prevention science while respecting the rights of our citizens.”

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William
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William

Any article that begins “a new study says…” produces instant skepticism in me. I’ll have to read this over

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Roughly 50% of drivers are women. If we didn’t allow women to drive we could reduce accidents by 50%.

With more gun tyranny, stabbings and bludgeoning would increase, which is OK.

Government and more laws are the answer to all the world’s problems.

We could eliminate accidental death simply by making them illegal.

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YouKnowWho

26% of all accidents are alcohol related. By that logic 74% of all accidents are caused by people the WERE’NT impared.
Lies
Damn Lies
Statistics

William
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William

And the solution is obvious. Drinking alcohol should be mandatory before driving

Alma
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Alma

Just like polls, and depending on where they are conducted, I don’t believe in those studies. Hey, hey, Lophatt I’m a good driver, no accidents just a parking ticket and Miami is a bad place to even drive to the corner supermkt.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

The Progressives will decry those statistics until the cows come home. It just does not go along with the narrative they wish to push.

Excellent article.

William
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William

It’s possible to “prove” anything by cherry-picking data and manipulating statistics. In Massachusetts for instance if someone tests “HIV positive” and they die the cause of death is automatically listed as AIDS. HIV positive, hit by a truck, cause of death – AIDS. For the time period of this study the author says ten children a day were killed by guns. I always like to point out that during the period of the Cultural Revolution in China, from 1966-76, as many as 80 million people were killed by the government, 30-40 thousand a day. If they had 2A the number… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Pretty optimistic to assume that people who can’t establish a simple, workable premise on easy things are going to be able to design studies and select representative samples, yet alone interpret them.

Most things don’t require that level of study. If you don’t know what you’re looking at or what to do, DON’T.

Gary
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Gary

Hmm, and how many babies were aborted, terminated or killed by physicians and health care professionals during the same time period???

DonaldD
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Wow! I’m very skeptical about such a study. I think that they would better use essay writing service but this sounds like a challenge for them. Who wrote these numbers?