Reality Check: More Children Killed by Fire, Drowning Than by FirearmsPosted: January 31, 2014
AWRHawkins reports: According to the 2010 Death and Mortality numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more children under the age of ten are unintentionally killed in fire or water-related incidents than are killed in accidental gun deaths.
Gun scholar John Lott pulled together various CDC tables showing that thirty-six children under the age of ten were killed in firearm-related accidents in 2010.
The number of children under the age of ten killed in “unintentional fire/burn deaths” was 262, and the number killed in “unintentional drowning” incidents was 609.
This is viewed as a “death rate per 100,000” and translates into “age-adjusted rates” of .09 for unintentional gun-related deaths, .64 for unintentional fire/burn deaths, and 1.4 for unintentional drowning deaths.
The number of children unintentionally killed in fire-related deaths was over seven times higher than the number of children killed in unintentional gun-related deaths, and the number of children killed in unintentional drowning deaths was sixteen times higher than the number of children killed in unintentional gun-related deaths.
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