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Dads Say: 500 Kid Deaths No Biggie

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We just couldn't believe the response to the momlogic article we wrote last year, wherein we listed the horrific incidents of children accidentally killed by firearms in the U.S.

One statistic in our piece was utterly heartbreaking: "More than 500 children die annually from accidental gunshots." Now a website, Damnum Absque Injuria, claims that since the U.S. population teeters at over 300 million, "500 is a statistical zero." What's worse is that the site comes to this conclusion using what they call "dadlogic."

What would be logical is this: If you must have firearms in your home, KEEP YOUR GUNS LOCKED AWAY FROM CHILDREN.

How can anyone claim "logic" when they minimize the death of a child?

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mom-of-two May 10, 2010, 7:22 PM

“just a drop in the bucket.” i have hated them words for some time now and its sad to say this but its thanks to my dad, back when the Columbine shooting happened and it was all over the news i was saying to my dad how sad and upsetting it was to me and his words were so cold… “ahh, its just a drop in the bucket, so move on.” i just could not believe how heartless he was about it.

Reality check May 10, 2010, 7:58 PM

Any child death is sad and against all we as a human race strive to allow to happen. But compare gun deaths to almost any other reason children die in accidents, say cars and pools, and you can see why guns are relatively safe.

Desiree Fawn May 11, 2010, 6:14 AM

That’s insane :( Even ONE death is too many if you’re that family.

It’s sickening that an estimate of 500 means nothing to them.

deaddrift May 11, 2010, 8:37 AM

‘Reality check’ says “guns are relatively safe.” Really? No, RC, guns are not safe. The entire purpose of a gun is to be dangerous. You’re going to need to check reality out with a little more effort in the future.

Dad-of-two May 12, 2010, 1:20 PM

Child deaths are tragic, indeed.
Where did your number of 500 per year come from? Two articles stating this ‘statistic’ and no citation.
If every child death is a tragedy already, why do you need to inflate the numbers more?

Kevin Baker May 12, 2010, 2:27 PM

I concur with “Dad-of-two” - the real statistics are easily available, and they’re nowhere near 500 per year. Why are the facts not enough?

Since 1990 the number of children who die by accidental gunshot annually has declined by 400%, despite the fact that the total number of guns in private hands increased by over 60 million during that same period. Doesn’t this indicate that parents ARE keeping guns locked away from their children? Wouldn’t we celebrate a 400% improvement in the rate of children dying from accidental drowning? Over 500 children under the age of five died this way in 2006 alone.

Perspective. Get some.

juris_imprudent May 17, 2010, 4:53 PM

Lying is a terrible thing to teach to children. Why are you doing it? You’ve been shown that the number 500 is nowhere near accurate (by a factor of 5 if you are counting “under 17”, by a factor of 10 or more if you don’t include teenagers - who don’t usually like to be referred to as “children”). Why do you refuse to correct such an error - because it does not suit your emotional or political needs?

I have more to fear from that kind of mindset than I do from any firearm you might possess.

Kevin Baker May 23, 2010, 8:04 AM

“One statistic in our piece was utterly heartbreaking: ‘More than 500 children die annually from accidental gunshots.’”

It’s now May 23 - 13 days after the publication of this piece. Your “one statistic” has been shown to be off by a factor of five, and still no retraction, still no correction, and still no response to my questions.

Aren’t the real numbers heartbreaking enough for you? Why can’t you cite your source? I cited mine in the original link. Why no comment on the 400% reduction in the accidental death by gunshot of children (17 and younger) over the last 20 years? Isn’t this a good thing, albeit not perfect? Isn’t the fact that over 500 children UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE drowning in a single year as much of if not more a tragedy? Should we not have some perspective on the topic?

Oh, of course not. “Logic” doesn’t apply when it comes to the deaths of children. You said so yourself.

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