Monday numbers: Gun violence rages on

November 18, 2013 8:13 am

Gun violence

2—number of days since 4-year-old Killian Perez from Fayetteville died after he accidentally shot himself with a loaded gun he found on the top his refrigerator (“Father faces charges after 4-year-old fatally shoots himself, WRAL-TV, November 16,  2013)

31—number of days since 2-year-old Samarri Beauford from Fayetteville died after she accidentally shot herself with a loaded handgun she found under the couch while playing on the floor (“Two-year-old dies after accidentally shooting herself inside Fayetteville home,” WRAL-TV, October 19, 2013)

16—number of days since the Charlotte Observer published a column by a physician who attended a concealed carry class where the instructor advised the attendees to keep their guns stored under the bed and loaded  (“What I learned in concealed carry class,” Charlotte Observer, November 2, 2013)

14—number of days since pro-gun blogger posted comment reacting to the Charlotte Observer column saying that a firearm in the house “should be kept in a ready condition to be used at all times.” (The Progressive Pulse, November 4, 2013)

15—number of days since another pro-gun blogger posted a comment reacting to the Charlotte column saying that “The answer is proper education of all family members.” (The Progressive Pulse, November 5, 2013)

20—percentage of children and young people at-risk of suicide say there is a gun in their home (“Study: Many suicidal kids have access to guns at home,” USA Today, May 6, 2013)

15—percentage of these at-risk teens who know how to access the guns and the bullets (Ibid)

45—percentage of teen suicide attempts that involve firearms (Ibid)

3—rank of suicide in leading causes of death for people ages 15-19 in the United States (Ibid)

85—percentage of suicide attempts with guns that are fatal (Ibid)

2—percentage of suicide attempts using pills or cutting wrists that are fatal (Ibid)

33—percentage of children in the U.S. who live in homes with firearms (“Schuster, et al., “Firearms Storage Patterns in U.S. Homes With Children,” Am Journal of Public Health 90:4 April 2000 via North Carolinians Against Gun Violence)

50—percentage of homes with children and firearms where a gun is kept unlocked (Ibid)

25—percentage of American adolescents who report having easy access to a gun in the home. (Swahn, et al., “Prevalence of Youth Access to Alcohol or a Gun in the Home,” Injury Prevention 8 2002 via North Carolinians Against Gun Violence)

75—percentage of kids in homes with guns who say they know where the gun is kept. (Benenson Strategy Group, “BSG Study,” (New York: PAX, 2006) via North Carolinians Against Gun Violence)

5—percentage of high school students that reported carrying a gun at least once in the past 30 days. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States 2005,” MMWR 55 (2006) via North Carolinians Against Gun Violence)

3—number of days since two students at Wakefield High School were arrested on charges of bringing a handgun to school (“Two students accused of having weapons at Wakefield High School,’ WRAL-TV, November 17, 2013)

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Chris Fitzsimon

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina. [email protected] 919-861-2066