Average of 2 Children Shot to Death in U.S. Every Week (not including Accidents)

Monday, December 31, 2012
Aydan Perea, shot to death in Kansas City at the age of 4 (photo: Keith Myers)

The public and political outrage that followed the Newtown school shooting has largely ignored the fact that children across the country have been victims of gun violence on a regular basis.


Between 2006 and 2010 an average of two children a week were killed by firearms, according to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


During this period, 561 children under the age of 13 died as a result of gunfire. In almost each of the five years, more than 100 youths were killed: 120 in 2006; 115 in 2007; 116 in 2008; 114 in 2009; and 96 in 2010. Last year, 119 died, according to Janell Ross of the Huffington Post.


The FBI’s numbers do not include gun-related child deaths that were ruled as accidental.


“This happens on way too regular a basis and it affects families and communities—not at once, so we don't see it and we don't understand it as part of our national experience,” Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, told the Associated Press.


In response to the Connecticut massacre, the National Rifle Association called for putting armed police in every school to better protect children. But Webster said children are more likely to die from guns at home or in the street.


The Associated Press reviewed more than 60 gun-related deaths of children and found not one happened at school.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

FBI Stats Show Trend In U.S. Children Shot Dead (by Suzanne Gamboa and Monika Mathur, Associated Press)

Child Gun Deaths Nationwide Number Nearly 6 Newtown Massacres (by Janell Ross, Huffington Post)


yarply 11 years ago
Yeah it must really bum these people out that these kids get killed. Less to die fighting for others oil and overthrowing nations.
yarply 11 years ago
You know its sad that children die. It's sad they get killed. It's sad that people die and get killed,, but guess what? It happens. People die in car wrecks. Children die in car wrecks. they die in pools. They die being born they die falling down in the park. The get hit by lightning. Their parents drown them in bathtubs. In lakes. They get born and then dumped in a garbage can. They die in the abortion clinics every day. A million a year. Where's the bleeding hearts for them!? Where's YOUR? Obama bombs and kills them daily. So two children get shot each week. Between not supposing to care that a million plus children are murdered every year in murder clinics but supposed to get all bent out of shape about two a week from guns,, So get real and WHAT'S YOUR POINT! The only time you people appear to care about kids is when you use, USE THEIR DEATHS TO TAKE MINE AND OTHERS RIGHTS AWAY! You don't care about kids. Your as fake as the corrupt politicians in washington.

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