Fake News: "Unsecured Guns" Kill Kids

By Dean Weingarten. October 20th, 2017
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If people are sincerely interested in reducing the number of children that are killed with guns in the United States, it ill serves them to lie about the numbers. It creates distrust in everything that they say. It creates suspicion about their real motives. In a story out of Flint, Michigan, the reporters claim that “the agencies” say that more than 7,000 children are killed every year in the United States “from” unsecured guns. From (WJRT):

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Flint Police Department are passing out 300 gun locks to keep children safe.

The agencies say more than 7,000 children are killed every year from unsecured guns in the United States.

That number is false. The total number of people under the age of 18, who were killed with firearms, unsecured or not, was 1458, about 20% of the claimed figure. It is unknown how many of those were with “unsecured” firearms. The term “unsecured” is undefined in the story. .......

Another example of skewed, innaccurate or exaggerated statistics - one of the classic ploys of the anti gun groups. The use of the word "secured" can be open to interpretation but in responsible households it is obvious that carelessness can leave a firearm open to exploration by curious young hands. Further to that is the lack of teaching kids about firearm safety. The most 'secure' way to keep a firearm is on the person, which then keeps it available, as against being locked up and not much use at all in emergency.

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