The good news is that, over the past decade, non-fatal injuries among children have decreased by more than 50% over the past decade, largely because we’ve chosen to take action to protect our kids from preventable harm:
At the same time, the rates of nonfatal injuries within the same age group decreased in several other categories from 2011 to 2020, including a 52.8% decline in injuries from falls and a 47.3% decrease in motor vehicle occupant injuries. Injuriesstayed the about same.
…The authors credit the decrease in nonfatal car injuries, for example, to public health interventions targeting pediatric safety,and
But while we’re doing more to keep kids from getting hurt, our hands-off approach to guns is leading to lots more kids getting killed:
A new study by researchers at Boston Children’s hospital found children’s gun-related deaths have surged over the past decade, increasing by 87%.
Researchers analyzed data on fatal and non-fatal shooting injuries from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) injury reporting system, finding deadly wound rates increased from nearly 14 deaths per 100,000 children in 2011 to more than 17 deaths per 100,000 in 2021.
Additionally, the data shows firearm fatalities were the leading cause of accidental death in children.
…In 2021, 2,590 children died due to firearm injuries compared to 1,311 in 2011, according to the study published in the medical journal Pediatrics [Michael Sainato, “Gun-Related Deaths of US Children Are Rising at ‘Alarming’ Rate, Study Reveals,” Guardian, 2023.10.05].
Thankfully, America’s laboratories of democracy allow some states to show us that we can reduce those gun deaths with smart gun laws:
A recent report by Everytown for Gun Safety found that states with the most protective gun storage laws had lowered gun suicide rates among children and young adults ages 10 to 24 in 2022 compared with 1999. Meanwhile, states with the weakest gun safety laws experienced a 39% increase in gun suicide rates over the past two decades, the report found [Sainato, 2023.10.05].
It’s hard to feel free if your kids are dead. Lock up those guns, pardners.