Protect Kids from Deadly Gun Violence

Target: Thomas E. Price, M.D., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary

Goal: Implement program to help prevent the growing rates of childhood injury and death caused by guns.

Gunshot wounds have become the third leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 17, according to a newly published study in the journal Pediatrics. Almost 1,300 American children die in shootings every year, and an additional 5,800 children survive with injuries from gunshot wounds. To date, this report is regarded as “the most comprehensive” pertaining to the effects of firearms on children, examining overall patterns as well as state-by-state, trends over time, the manner of injury, and the surrounding circumstances.

The findings are staggering: every day about 19 children die or are brought to the E.R. for a gunshot wound in the U.S. Fifty-three percent of gun deaths among children are homicides, 6 percent are due to unintentional shootings, and 38 percent are suicides. Gun suicide rates for young people have risen by a full 60 percent since 2007 alone.

The politics surrounding gun laws are complex and entangled in much debate, but politics aside, steps must be taken to protect our children from gun violence. Some hospitals, like the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, have violence prevention initiatives in place that provide children at risk with better access to health care — including mental health care — and screenings for mental health issues and access to firearms when children visit their pediatrician or the emergency room. Sign below to demand that these kinds of preventatives steps become a mandatory nation-wide measure to protect our children.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Price,

A comprehensive study shows the very real and immediate danger that gun violence presents to American children. It is the third leading cause of death among kids aged 17 and under. Steps must be taken to combat this plague of violence.

Almost 1,300 American children die in shootings every year, and more than 5,000 more are injured but survive. More than a third of the deaths are suicides — a 60 percent increase since 2007. Violence prevention initiatives, like those that are in place in certain hospitals, must become a nation-wide practice. Screening children for mental health issues and firearm access, and ensuring that they have access to health care – -including mental health care — need to become regular practice in health care facilities. I urge you to protect America’s children and ensure the implementation of violence prevention programs.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Michal Jarmoluk

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8 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    If the parents of these kids insist upon neglecting them, causing them to either shoot and kill themselves or others, then remove those kids from their so-called “parents” permanently, since they are Unfit Parents!!! Unacceptable!!!

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    too many people are suicidal by guns!

  3. “Guns are evil! And very little good comes from the availability of a bullet designed to kill human beings” – Mackenzie Astin.

  4. selber schuld, die amis wollen das ja so. ich unterschreibe die petition nicht.

  5. Lynn Knight says:

    It is a civilized society’s duty to call upon the government leaders to come up with ways to help the most vulnerable members, no matter the cause.

  6. Antidepression medicine is not the answer…usually has Fluorine that blocks thyroid/lowering oxygen in the brain causing worse depression/suicidal thoughts. Celiac help…no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO/food with a label…taking vitamins/good oils/minerals…probiotic…LDN…detoxing may help depression/brain/body health issues and help personality/mood etc

  7. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    As far as I believe no child should have access to a gun of any type. If parents decide to have a gun in their possession, then:-
    1]the children should be given full professional safety lessons and statistics of their danger.
    2]the weapons must be locked in a childproof gun safe at all times.
    3]the children including the teens must NOT know where the keys are kept.
    4]all handguns and repeat type rifles should be banned.
    If any of the above are breached, even once, the parents prosecuted and all firearms are removed from their premises. Depending on the severity of the breeches they should loose their gun permits/licenses permanently.
    It is all about being loving responsible parents!

    • Wow, Rosslyn, you really like firearms don’t you? What you propose won’t save a single life and you guys should know that since this kind of stuff has been proposed and tried for years with NO success. The best safety measure to use with children and firearms is EDUCATION…I was taught how to safely use firearms when I was about five years old but now I see that anti-gun people don’t want firearms safety taught…they want to ban all guns instead. You guys apparently didn’t notice that accidental deaths were only six percent, right? You can’t stop suicides by any known action…the government cannot even stop thugs from killing each other. ( For confirmation simply look at any given weekend in Chicago. ) Education is the answer to the accidental six percent.

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