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NRA Blind To Science Of Gun Violence

October 24, 2013


The spin machine is in overdrive at the headquarters for National Rifle Association.

At the heart of the latest embarrassing display of how the NRA is removed from the factual world that the rest of us live in comes as a followup to the November edition of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  The Pediatrics study which chronicled nearly 30,000 gun fatalities and 155,000 serious gunshot wounds in children between 2001 and 2010 came to some very troubling conclusions.

But instead of reading and learning the NRA attacked the academic study on gunshot injuries to children by conspiratorially suggesting that the study was part of a “kids and anti-gun hype” movement to ban firearms.   That one-hit wonder from the gun lobby might keep spinning, but there is no sense to what they continually proclaim.  To make matters even more awkward for the NRA they dismissed teenage victims of gun violence by falsely stating that they are culpable for their injuries because of their supposed involvement in criminal activity.

The facts of the matter are of course far different from the lies that the NRA spew.  I know my readers are shocked to hear that the NRA is not grounded in ethics.

The study, which does not call for banning guns, but rather concludes that “[p]ublic health, injury prevention, and health policy solutions are needed to reduce gunshot injuries in children,” does offer new information about gunshot injuries in children. As the study notes, “There have been few population-based studies of children with gunshot injuries over the past decade. Similarly, gun research integrating the role of 9-1-1 emergency services has been limited. Our study involved both of these important elements.”

Among the study’s important findings is, “Although gunshot injuries accounted for only 1% of injured children, they were associated with more than 20% of deaths after injury.”

By examining almost 50,000 injured children who required an emergency medical response, including 505 gunshot wounds, the study determined that “those injured by gunshot had the highest proportion of serious injuries, … major surgery, … in-hospital mortality, … and costs.” (The NRA) dismissed this conclusion, stating, “this so-called scientific article says, ‘of all the ways children can be injured, gunshot wounds are one of the worst,’ that’s basically all it says.” He continued by claiming that the article did not intend to “bring out any new scientific knowledge” but only to further “anti-gun hype.” 

(The NRA) also falsely suggested that many teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 were responsible for their own shootings because they believe these victims were involved in criminal activity. In fact, FBI and CDC statistics clearly indicate that the vast majority of individuals who are shot are victims of crime not criminals themselves.

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