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Children and Handguns-Reply

Children and Handguns-Reply Abstract In Reply.—Mr Kremske's letter in Gun Week is typical of the diversionary tactics used by progun lobbyists to avoid looking at the facts. The important issue is not whether or not guns are tied as the fifth leading cause of death or whether the term leading is misleading but rather that, in the year cited, handguns killed 730 children and adolescents. It is easy for him to reduce these lives to statistical insignificance when he does not have to deal personally with these tragedies and family bereavement. My article refers to guns, not handguns, as the fifth leading cause of death in children, yet it should be noted that the majority of these deaths are accidental and inflicted by handguns. Handguns account for only 20% of the nation's firearms yet account for 90% of all firearms misuse, both criminal and accidental.1 Mr Kremske infers that I favor taking References 1. Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports, Annual Crime Surveys, 1963-1973. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1986 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140150007003
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Abstract

Abstract In Reply.—Mr Kremske's letter in Gun Week is typical of the diversionary tactics used by progun lobbyists to avoid looking at the facts. The important issue is not whether or not guns are tied as the fifth leading cause of death or whether the term leading is misleading but rather that, in the year cited, handguns killed 730 children and adolescents. It is easy for him to reduce these lives to statistical insignificance when he does not have to deal personally with these tragedies and family bereavement. My article refers to guns, not handguns, as the fifth leading cause of death in children, yet it should be noted that the majority of these deaths are accidental and inflicted by handguns. Handguns account for only 20% of the nation's firearms yet account for 90% of all firearms misuse, both criminal and accidental.1 Mr Kremske infers that I favor taking References 1. Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports, Annual Crime Surveys, 1963-1973.

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 1, 1986

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