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Toddlers killed more people than terrorists
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Now here is a statistic that put things into perspective..

Quote:CLAIM: Toddlers killed more Americans than terrorists in 2015.

TRUE

WHAT'S TRUE: Broad counts indicate that 21 toddlers shot and killed themselves or others in 2015; 19 Americans died at the hands of potential or suspected Islamic terrorists.
TRUE: More Americans Killed by Toddlers than Terrorists : snopes.com

Take for instance this case:

Quote:What do you say about the outspoken Florida “gun rights” advocate who left a loaded .45 calibre handgun in the back seat of her car and was promptly shot and wounded by her four-year-old child? I take no pleasure in violence and pain. I’m not happy that Jamie Gilt, 31 – who has built a thriving web presence on the argument that guns are not only perfectly safe around kids, but necessary for their protection – left a loaded handgun in reach of her four-year-old son, who then picked it up, aimed it at his mother, and pulled the trigger. I find zero delight in the thought of Gilt’s toddler’s almost certain panic and horror in that moment, nor the guilt he may well carry for the rest of his life (guilt that only his mother deserves). I’m sure being shot in the back really hurts – even more so when it comes with a side of nationwide liberal schadenfreude.

But I have no interest in letting Gilt off the hook. Her child could just as easily have shot himself, or a passerby, or someone else’s child. With just a few tweaks of location and circumstance, he could have shot my child. Someone else still could, accidentally or with intention – it’s a possibility you have to consider in a country with so many guns and so few laws regulating them. That’s the macabre truth of parenting in 21st-century America.
The macabre truth of gun control in the US is that toddlers kill more people than terrorists do | Lindy West | Opinion | The Guardian

Now, large parts of the US population go bezerk on the prospect of Islamic terrorism. We don't want to belittle that, but there are two things one should not lose sight off:
  1. Islamic terrorism actually kills very few people in the US (the risk of being killed accidentally by a todler with a gun is higher)
  2. The proposed measures, going to war elsewhere, carpet bombing, stigmatizing, deportation, locking the border, are not only very expensive, disproportional and involve a lot of collateral damage, many of these proposed measures are also likely to simply be counterproductive. 
Compare that with the amount of victims of domestic gun violence (which is several orders of magnitude higher than that of Islamic terrorism) and this is simply seen as collateral damage from the second amendment which should be defended at all cost. In fact, gun rights are going in reverse, thanks to an aggressive NRA:


Quote:Since 2009, the NRA and its allies in state capitols have pushed through 99 laws making guns easier to own, easier to carry in public—eight states now even allow them in bars—and harder for the government to track. More than two-thirds of the laws were passed by Republican-controlled legislatures, though often with bipartisan support. (Note: Click on the colored states for details on additional laws; info on a few particularly noteworthy ones follows below the map. Also see our related story on the frightening rise of mass shootings in the US.)
The NRA Surge: 99 Laws Rolling Back Gun Restrictions | Mother Jones
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Quote:Another part of that article was also interesting:

In the US in 2015, more people were shot and killed by toddlers than by terrorists. In 2013, the New York Times reported on children shot by other children: “Children shot accidentally – usually by other children – are collateral casualties of the accessibility of guns in America, their deaths all the more devastating for being eminently preventable.”

And I’m supposed to believe that frightened Syrian refugees – or whomever becomes the next rightwing scapegoat du jour – are the real threat to my children? I’m supposed to be afraid of sharks? Heavy metal music? Violent video games? Horse meat in my hamburger patties? Teenagers pouring vodka up their butts?

States with more guns have more gun deaths. Keeping a gun in your house increases your chances of accidental death by shooting, but does not make you safer. A woman’s chance of being murdered by an abusive partner increases fivefold if the partner has access to a gun. “Good guys with guns” are a fantasy. How much longer will we keep participating in this great collective lie that deadly weapons keep us safe?
The macabre truth of gun control in the US is that toddlers kill more people than terrorists do | Lindy West | Opinion | The Guardian
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Toddlers have shot at least 23 people so far in the US this year

Updated by German Lopez on May 2, 2016, 1:30 p.m. ET 

Last week, a 2-year-old boy in Milwaukee found a handgun in the back seat of a car. Then, he accidentally shot his mother through the front seat. His mom died at the scene.

The story is horrifying. But a new Washington Post analysis by Christopher Ingraham finds this type of situation — in which a toddler up to 3 years old picks up a gun and shoots someone — has happened at least 23 times this year.

RelatedAmerica's gun problem, explained

Most of the cases do not play out like the Milwaukee case, in which a toddler shoots someone else. According to Ingraham, in 18 of 23 shootings, the kids shot themselves, and nine died as a result of their self-inflicted wounds.

Whether adults face charges over these kinds of shootings depends on state laws. Child access prevention laws, for instance, can impose criminal penalties on adults who allow kids to have unsupervised access to guns.

In total, this type of shooting appears to happen more than once a week, according to the Washington Post's analysis. What's worse, America seems to be one one of the few developed countries that deals with these levels of gun violence.

These shootings make up a small portion of all gun violence in America

While obviously tragic, the toddler shootings are a small part of all shootings in America. So far this year, the Gun Violence Archive database has tracked more than 16,900 incidents of gun violence, more than 4,300 of which resulted in deaths. Among those incidents, 182 children up to 11 years old were injured or killed.

When it comes to young child victims in particular, a previous study by researchers David Hemenway and Sara Solnick found that 110 US children ages 0 to 14 die in accidental shootings each year.

Different factors contribute to each of these accidental shootings, but they do appear to happen far more in the US than other developed nations. A 2011 study co-authored by Hemenway, who heads the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, found that in the US, unintentional firearm death rates of children ages 0 to 14 are about 10 times higher than in other developed countries.

America's high levels of gun ownership contribute to the toll of violence

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One cause for the extraordinary number of shootings in America: easy access to guns.

The US has the highest rates of private gun ownership in the world, in part thanks to gun laws that are looser than other nations' restrictions. Based on a 2007 survey, the number of civilian-owned firearms in the US was 88.8 guns per 100 people, meaning there was almost one privately owned gun per American and more than one per American adult. The world's second-ranked country was Yemen, a quasi-failed state torn by civil war, where there were 54.8 guns per 100 people.

At the same time, studies show gun ownership increases the chances of shootings. According to a 2014 meta-analysis published in theAnnals of Internal Medicine, people with access to guns are twice as likely to die in gun-related homicides and more than three times as likely to kill themselves than those who don't. Looking at the evidence, theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics similarly concluded, "The absence of guns from children's homes and communities is the most reliable and effective measure to prevent firearm-related injuries in children and adolescents."

That helps explain why the research shows restrictions on guns can help prevent gun deaths: A 2016 review of 130 studies in 10 countries, published in Epidemiologic Reviews, found that new legal restrictions on owning and purchasing guns tended to be followed by a drop in gun violence — a strong indicator that restricting access to guns can save lives.

Guns are not the only factor that contribute to violence. (Other factors include, for example, poverty, urbanization, and alcohol consumption.) But when researchers control for other confounding variables, they have found time and time again that America's high levels of gun ownership are a major reason the US is so much worse in terms of gun violence than its developed peers.
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And more toddlers and children get killed in the US than anywhere else in the developed world:

Quote:Carter was among the last children shot that day, a 24-hour stretch of gun violence that, according to police reports, left girls and boys from one coast to the other maimed or dead. About 1:10 a.m., in Kansas City, Mo., 803 miles from Cleveland, Jedon Edmond found a gun in his parents’ apartment and pulled the trigger, accidentally firing a round into his face. Jedon, who died at a hospital, was 2. Eighty minutes later, Damien Santoyo was standing on a porch in Chicago as a car drove by, and someone inside opened fire, striking the 14-year-old in the head. He died at the scene. Less than two hours after that, at almost the exact same moment, a 15-year-old boy in Louisville was blasted in both legs outside a club, and a 16-year-old girl in Danville, Va., was fatally wounded on a street corner by a round meant for someone else. Then, on a Metro car just outside the nation’s capital, an 18-year-old man accidentally shot his 14-year-old half brother in the stomach. Then, in Kansas City, Kan., three teenagers were shot inside a car, and two of them, one 16 and the other 17, were killed. Then, in a parking lot in High Point, N.C., a 14-year-old boy caught in crossfire was struck in the arm. 

Finally, at 11:50 p.m. on an Ohio highway, 4-year-old Carter was stalked in his car seat. Hill allowed The Washington Post to tell his story and to interview him, his family, and his nurses and doctors because she wanted people to understand all that he endured. What led to his shooting, she said, began earlier that night. She was leaving her mother’s apartment complex with Carter and Dahalia when they came upon the white Pontiac blocking the road. She honked and waited, until finally the car backed out of the way. It followed her onto the interstate. Then came the gunfire. On average, 23 children were shot each day in the United States in 2015, according to a Post review of the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. That’s at least one bullet striking a growing body every 63 minutes. In total, an estimated 8,400 children were hit, and more died — 1,458 — than in any year since at least 2010. That death toll exceeds the entire number of U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan this decade. Many incidents, though, never become public because they happen in small towns or the injuries aren’t deemed newsworthy or the triggers are pulled by teens committing suicide. Caring for children wounded by gunfire comes with a substantial price tag. Ted Miller, an economist who has studied the topic for nearly 30 years, estimated that the medical and mental health costs for just the 2015 victims will exceed $290 million.

Dowd can rattle off number after number to illustrate the country’s crisis, but few are more jarring than a study of 2010 World Health Organization data published in the American Journal of Medicine last year: Among high-income nations, 91 percent of children younger than 15 who were killed by gunfire lived in the United States.
Almost two dozen kids are shot every day in the U.S. This 4-year-old was one of them. | The Washington Post
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