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- On Sunday August 31, 2008, In Los Angeles, California, Inglewood Police Shot and killed a homeless man who, police said had a gun in his waistband. The gun turned out to be a silver toy gun!
- On May 5, 2008, in Southaven, Mississippi, five elementary school students were suspended for bringing two realistic looking toy guns (pellet guns) to school. The toy guns’ orange safety tips were painted black.
- On February 6, 2008, in Okaloosa County, Florida, the Niceville Police Department responded to a drive-by BB gun shooting which caused an_ eye injury to a young innocent bystander. BB guns are considered toy replica guns.
- On January 6, 2008 in Belleville Illinois, a 39-year-old man was, shot by police when the man pulled out a realistic looking gray toy pistol from his waistband.
- On October 26, 2007, in San Diego, California, a gun scare caused a lock down at Juan Diego School. The gun turned out to be a toy gun (Air soft replica of a Berretta 92).
- On October 5, 2007, in Bakersfield, California, a 49-year-old man, Frank Ramos Sr., was fatally shot and killed by two police officers because he was holding a gun while standing in the street. The gun turned out to be an imitation toy firearm.
- On June 22, 2007, in West Memphis, Arkansas, a 12-year-old boy, De Aunta Farrow, was shot and killed by a Memphis police officer because he was holding a toy gun in his hand; the police officer said it looked real.
- On April 8, 2007, in Mount Vernon, New York, a 13-year-old boy was arrested by the police when he tried to rob a Chinese restaurant, with what police said was something that looked like a 38-caliber handgun. The gun turned out to be a plastic Airsoft toy gun. The police officer said he was worried that these kids can get shot for nothing.
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GUN VIOLENCE FACT SHEET
Children & Guns in AMERICA
Each day approximately 7 children and young adults (under the age of 19) die from gun violence. This is equivalent to one child dying every three hours and 18 minutes. (1)
In 2013, 2465 children & teens (under 20 years) died from gun violence in the United States (2):
- 1,410 were homicidal shootings
- 877 committed suicide
- 124 were accidental shootings
- 34 shootings were undetermined
- 20 shootings were legal intervention
In 2013, of the 2465 gun related deaths in the United States (4):
- 995 (40%) were Black children
- 992 (40%) were White children
- 403 (16%) were Hispanic children
- 33 (1.3%) were American Indian/Alaska Native children
- 42 (1.7%) were Asian/Pacific Islander children
In 2013, 15,045 children and teenagers (under 20 years) were injured due to guns in the United States (1):
- 1 child/teenager every 35 minutes
- 41 children/teenagers each day
- 289 children/teenagers each week
Did you know?
- In comparison with other industrialized countries, the U.S. has 11 times more firearm related deaths of children (under 14 years old)! (8)
- More than 22 million kids live in households with loaded and unlocked firearms in the United States. (6)
- Over 75% of guns used by children in suicide attempts or unintentional injuries are stored at their own residence, or a relatives or friends. (3)
- Children as young as three years old are strong enough to fire handguns. 90% of 7 to 8 years old, 70% of 5 to 6 year olds, and 25% of 3 to 4 years olds are strong enough
to pull the trigger on a handgun (6). Violent images lead to the increase of aggressive behavior (7)
- Video games based on violent behavior increase aggression and rude behavior (7)
- Majority of gun related deaths occur in boys, in comparison to girls. (6)
- Older teenagers have a higher risk of dying from gun related violence. (6)
Toddlers & Guns in AMERICA
- Of the 2465 children who died because of gun violence in 2013, 70 of them were between the ages of 0 and 4 years old (4).
- In 2013, more preschoolers (total: 70) died from gun violence than law enforcement officers (total: 33) (2)
Gun Violence in the United States
EVERY YEAR in America more than 100,000 people are shot with a gun; these are homicides, suicides, assaults, or accidents. (1)
In 2013, 33,636 Americans died from gun violence. Of these (2):
- 21,175 people committed suicide with a gun
- 11,208 people were murdered with a gun
- 786 people died by a gun, by accident or intention unknown
Did you know? Regions with higher rates of gun ownership have higher rates of homicide in comparison to those with lower rates. (3)
- There are more gun-related homicides in areas where guns are more prevalent. (3)
- Throughout the Vietnam War, about 58,000 American soldiers were killed. The number of lives lost was less than the number of people killed with guns in the U.S. over a two year period of time (5). Since 1968, more Americans have died from gunfire than died in all the wars of this country’s history
· Approximately 4,400 American soldiers were killed throughout the first seven years of the U.S.-Iraq War. This is the approximate number of people killed in the U.S. every seven weeks due to gun violence. (6)
(5) U.S. Department of Defense, Statistical Information Analysis Division, Personnel & Military Casualty Statistics, U.S. Military Casualties in Southeast
Asia: Vietnam Conflict – Casualty Summary As of May 16, 2008, at http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personnel/CASUALTY/vietnam.pdf (last visited Feb. 10,
2012); WISQARS Injury Mortality Reports, 1999-2010, supra note 1.
(6)U.S. Department of Defense, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) U.S. Casualty Status, Fatalities as of: March 12, 2012, 10 a.m. EST , at http://www.defense.gov/news/casualty.pdf (last visited Feb. 10, 2012); WISQARS Injury Mortality Reports, 1999-2010, supra note 1.
Gun Violence in Comparison with other Countries
In 2011, the number of gun homicides were (1):
· 5 in Norway
· 18 in Sweden
· 38 in the United Kingdom
· 40 in Australia
· 11,208 in the United States
Gun Ownership: As of 2012, there were approximately 310 Million privately owned firearms in the US; 40% of these are handguns (2)
Guns at Home: The guns kept at home supposedly for protection, put family, and friends at a higher risk of being shot, either in homicide, suicide, or accidentally. (3)
1. The risk of homicide in these homes is three times higher in homes with guns than those without guns. (3)
2. The risk of suicide is five times greater in households with a gun. (3)
Economic Cost of Gun Violence: Gun violence, directly and indirectly, costs the U.S. 229
Billion Dollars annually. (4)