Total politics!! Just to explain how these simple statements are designed to confuse people lets start with the 33,000 number. Many years ago my director at Boeing walked up to me and asked how I could support people owning guns when 50,000 people die by guns every year. I looked back at him dumbfounded unable to understand how he could take 30,000 people and suddenly boost it to 50,000. The answer was simple, he was adding the number of suicides (20,000 on average) without realizing the gun control movement had already done it. The term firearm violence, now so generally used, makes people think of murders. Thus most people never realize that 2/3 of the number the gun controlists constantly state is people who took their own life.
In the same regard, since Sandy Hook the gun control movement has been pushing gun control to prevent child killings. It’s a regular activity of the movement to change the reasoning for their ban to keep the movement fresh. Back in the late 80s following the school shooting in California, the gun control movement was able to passé an assault weapon ban. Over the years since they have switched policy to push gun control as a public safety issue, a public health issue, and even a counter domestic terrorism method.
Since Sandy Hook they are back to pushing it as a child safety issue. Of course it’s already gotten the public image that they are preventing children killing children: or worse toddlers killing toddlers. What do they use to legitimize this? Well they first say they are preventing child violence and then they say the 33,000 number. So the 33,000 dead are all murdered toddlers even though as previously stated 2/3 of that number are suicides.
Now you go to the media and you find such headlines as a child shoots mom in Walmart with her gun, or of a five year old who shot his sibling. Yes they happen, but how actually often: about as often as a child put the car in drive when their parents left them alone in a running car. But these incidents were a child killed a child are not what the gun control movement really tries to make political headway with. They say that 7 children die from guns per day and that 2,600 children die per year. Sounds like a big number but again numbers can be deceptive.
Getting to the facts, we are a nation of 330 million people. Even using the gun control numbers (33,000) guns are involved in the death of 0.01% of the population. We have more Americans dying of complications of diabetes then by firearms. Again using their numbers children’s deaths by guns constitute less then 8% of the gun deaths. To increase the percentage we have to drop the suicide numbers reverting to just the murders by guns, which are less then 10,000 per year. If all the child deaths are murders, which the news reports are not claiming (they are saying they are accidents), we would get then 2,600/10,000 which comes to 26% of all deaths. Now that’s what gun controlists want people to believe.
Of course its not even close to the facts. What do I mean, well the gun control movement defines a child as anyone from age 0 to age 22. Why is this important? Because from age 18 to age 22, the ages were most young people become involved in gangs, a total of 1,600 murders occurred or nearly 62% of the so-called child deaths by guns. But the story begins to truly unravel when the FBI states there were only 533 deaths (total, all means) were the victim was under 18 years of age and only 67 were the offender was under 18. Even gun controlists undermine their argument by publishing that only 83 deaths can be attributed to accidental gun use with the victim under age 18. They insinuate that “Most of the shootings” involved toddler and teens, but they also report that half of the 83 deaths involved the shooter: which means they could have been suicides.
In short, in a nation of 330 million people, we have to implement major gun control because 150 young adults to children were either murdered or accidentally killed by guns. And again, Hillary needs Heller changed to save these 150 Americans and implement her safety program which includes total gun bans and requirements that all guns owned be kept in a disable or disassembled condition when in a home (which was the Washington D.C. Law).