Liberals are trying hard to make children the new face of gun violence in order to justify banning guns of all types in cities and municipalities across the country. Even now, during a time of relative world peace, liberals in the United States are comparing firearms death rates among youth to those of military and law enforcement, and pushing the false narrative that firearms are claiming young lives at extraordinary rates in the United States. That helps Democrats to push anti-gun legislation and eventually perhaps even topple the Second Amendment.
Many media sources are jumping on board with false narratives pushed by pinpricks of truths. Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine recently published a highly provocative report showing an average of 340 children ages 5 to 14 annually die from firearm violence, while 2,050 teens ages 15 to 18 annually die from firearm violence.
One of the study’s authors claims its shows youth in the United States are dying from gun violence at greater rates than law enforcement and active duty military did in 2017. The study reports, 144 members of law enforcement in the United States and about 1,000 active military combatants around the globe died from gun violence. Numbers that are less than child and teen deaths involving a firearm.
Other liberal sources claim the gun violence among America’s youth is even worse. Michael Bloomberg-funded EveryTown For Gun Safety says daily averages of 2,900 “children and teens” from ages 0 through 19 are shot and killed, and another 15,600 shot and injured by people using firearms against them.
EveryTown says gun violence is the nation’s second-leading cause of death among children and teens – behind only car accidents. It says children ages 5 to 14 are 21 times more likely to die from firearms use, and those 15-19 are 23 times more likely, than counterparts in other “high-income” nations.
EveryTown also pushes a subtle bit of propaganda by misrepresenting gun violence among “children.” It admits about 58 percent of all gun deaths for children and teens are caused by homicides at a rate of about 1,700 per year. EveryTown then explains for children under age 13, such homicides most often happen in the home as a result of domestic violence or other violence among family members.
That surely sounds highly disturbing. After all, those are little kids, and EveryTown says they are getting murdered by guns in the home during fights among mostly adults.
EveryTown also says suicides account for 36 percent of gun deaths among children and teens at a rate of about 1,000 per year. In 80 percent of those cases, EveryTown claims, guns belonging to a parent or other relative were used by the youth committing suicide.
EveryTown even plays the race card by saying a substantial disparity in gun homicide rates impact black children and teens 14 times more than their white counterparts. While gun violence is the second-leading cause of death among white children and teens. EveryTown says it is the leading cause of death among black children and teens.
The narrative from EveryTown and others is very overt: Legally owned firearms inside private homes are killing and injuring tens of thousands of young children every year. EveryTown would have us believe that gun violence also has a racist element by impacting black youth at much greater rates than white youth. Except, that is false conclusion based on cleverly subtle narrative intertwined among emotionally charged statistics take out of context.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control shows the vast majority of firearm violence among America’s teens and “children” occurs during criminal activity. The people doing the shooting and often getting shot are actively and knowingly involved in criminal activity. And societal factors mean many areas in the United States have greater rates of violence than front-line war zones.
That cause isn’t firearms. The cause is individuals choosing to engage in criminal activity for a wide variety of reasons. To suggest firearms are causing youth to pick up guns and shoot down one another just because adults in the home have firearms is to remove all sense of personal responsibility for one’s actions.
There was a time when the NRA and gun safety classes were a norm in many public schools, especially in rural and agricultural areas. Children attended those classes, learned how to safely handle firearms as well as clean, maintain and safely store them. And they did not use them on their classmates. Perhaps what is missing now is the NRA in schools.