Kids, Guns and Death

Doug Fiedor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published their annual death statistics. And, a funny thing happened on the way to the coroner's office: Gunshot business is down yet again.

"Overall, 30,708 people died of firearms in 1998, a 5 percent drop from 1997 and a 22 percent drop from the high of 39,595 in 1993. The age-adjusted death rate from firearms was 11.3 deaths per 100,000 population in 1998, a 7.4 percent drop from 12.2 in 1997 and down sharply from the high of 15.6 in 1993."

These are strange statistics, actually. Those on the far left are about to have a fit because these government reports make liars out of them. Every state that instituted concealed carry firearms laws immediately noticed a measurable decrease in death by firearms. This is enough to drive the liberals and socialists positively nuts! Worse yet, the report comes from a branch of the very liberal Department of Health and Human Services.

Anyway, now that 31 states issue concealed weapons carry permits, the trend is noticeable nationally. Because, lets face it folks, crooks don't want to mess with people who can shoot back.

The report was not all good news, though. It did come out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after all. So, they had to get their liberal shots in --- so to speak. For instance:

"Firearm deaths for children and teens dropped significantly between 1997 and 1998. 3,792 children and adolescents under age 20 died in 1998 from firearms, down 10 percent from 4,223 in 1997, and down 35 percent from the high of 5,833 in 1994. This translates into a drop from 16 deaths per day in 1994 to 10 deaths per day in 1998."

Ten kids a day is a lot, of course, but there is also a lot not being said here. For instance, if drug related shootings and gang bangers are removed, adolescent death by firearms would be very, very low.

We note with interest that the socialists at Handgun Control, Inc. or their counterparts in government like Senators Feinstein, Boxer and Schumer, never go into the inner-city to disarm the feral little darlings doing all the shooting. No, instead of going to where the actual problem is, they would rather propose laws to bother the normal, law-abiding people. That's one glaring difference between the craven socialist class and real American folks. They are cowards.

About 92 percent of the firearms deaths among people under age 24 were among 15 to 24 year olds. Ninety-four percent of those deaths were due to suicides or homicides. That's our "Great Society" programs at work.

The liberals tell us trigger locks are one fix to stop kids from using guns, but that's baloney. I've seen kids get trigger locks off just as fast without a key as I can with the key. One proper way to make guns safer around kids is exactly the way many of us grew up back in the 1940s and 1950s: Teach kids to shoot properly so they realize and respect both the power and danger of firearms.

Back then, nearly every boy had a rifle to tote around and some of us also had revolvers. Yet, we never heard of anyone being shot because no one ever was.


Mr. Fiedor publishes a newsletter Heads Up --- A Weekly View from the Foothills of Appalachia that is free to all at His e-mail is [email protected]

Originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2000;5(6):213. Copyright©2000 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)