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Gun Violence Facts

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firearmsViolence with guns is a big problem in the United States. Many people say they want a gun for self-defense, but they don’t understand that self-defense with a gun can be just as dangerous to them as to others. In fact, guns kept in the house for self-protection are 43 times more likely to kill a friend or family member than to kill in self-defense.

Steps to stay safe from gun violence

  • Always assume a gun is loaded and could accidentally go off.
  • Never point a gun at anyone.
  • Don’t put yourself in danger as a bystander. If people you know have guns and are threatening to use them, get out of the area and get help.
  • Avoid neighborhoods that you know are dangerous.
  • Don’t hang around people you know are violent, or who have threatened violence toward someone else.
  • Learn to settle arguments with words, not weapons.

Some facts about children and guns:

  • Over 75% of teen killings are gun-related.
  • An American child or teen is 12 times more likely to die of a gun injury than a teenager in another developed country.
  • About 5000 children and teenagers die of gun-related homicides, suicides, and unintentional injuries every year.
  • For teens ages 15 to 19, gun-related killings are the second leading cause of death.

 

Comments

  1. Jdberger

    October 14, 2012

    What, exactly is factual about the article above? Its an embarrassing recitation of discredited talking points from organizations who seek to ban all gun ownership in the United States.