Guns end the lives of seven children each day in America.

Guns end the lives of seven children each day in America.

According to a recent report by the Children’s Defense Fund gun violence is now the second leading cause of death among American children and teens aged 1 -19.

And while the nation was shocked by the Newtown massacre–in which 20 students and six educators were killed–gun violence ends the lives of seven children every day in the U.S.  The children we lose to gun violence each year would fill 134 classrooms of 20 students each.

What if terrorism caused the death of 2,694 children every year? Surely Congress would do something. 

But Congress has done nothing to pass common sense gun laws.  Laws like anti-gun-trafficking laws to stem the flow of illegal guns into New York communities. Background checks on all gun sales to keep guns away from criminals and the mentally disturbed. Bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to stop the massacres that have become so common in our country. All these laws would help protect our children–and all our citizens.

Demand that Congress do something to end the slaughter of our children. Take action here.

Kids and Gun Violence: The Facts   (Source: Protect Children, Not Guns, Children’s Defense Fund, 2013.)

In 2010 (the most recent year of gun statistics):

  • 2,694 kids (aged 1-19) were killed by guns. (The equivalent of 134 classrooms of 20 kids.)
  • Of the 2,694 youth deaths, 66% were homicides, 28% suicides, 5% accidents, and 1% unknown.
  • 18,270 kids were killed or injured by guns. (The equivalent of 913 classrooms of 20 kids.)
  • American youth are 17 times more likely to die from gun violence than their peers in other high-income countries.
  • A child is killed or injured by a gun every 30 minutes.
  • Gun violence is the second leading cause of death in children and teens, and the number one cause among black youth.
  • One-third of U.S. households have a gun.
  • More children die from guns every three days than died in the Newtown massacre.

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