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Thoughts & Prayers Do Not Protect Our Children

Unintentional firearm deaths require action. This is an especially appropriate reminder during the holiday season, with its focus on family.

December 24, 2023

Unintentional Firearm Injury Deaths Among Children and Adolescents Aged 0-17 Years – National Violent Death Reporting System, United States, 2003-2021
December 15, 2023


What is already known about this topic?

Unintentional injury is a leading cause of death among U.S. children and adolescents aged 0-17 years, and firearms are a leading injury method.

What is added by this report?

Approximately one half of unintentional firearm injury deaths among children and adolescents occurred at their home; playing with or showing the firearm to another person was the most common precipitation. Overall, firearms used in unintentional injury deaths were often stored both loaded and unlocked and were commonly accessed from nightstands and other sleeping areas.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Unintentional firearm injury deaths are preventable. (Bold by HJM.) Securing firearms (e.g., locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition) is protective against unintentional firearm injury deaths among children and adolescents, underscoring the importance of promoting secure firearm storage.

Thoughts & Prayers are NOT Enough
A one-minute video
December 14, 2023

 On Mothers for Democracy website (may need to scroll down)

Comment by: Don McCanne

This video has gone viral, and it is easy to understand why: thoughts and prayers are meaningless when we can do something about the number one killer of children in the United States!

About the Commentator, Don McCanne

Don McCanne is a retired family practitioner who dedicated the 2nd phase of his career to speaking and writing extensively on single payer and related issues. He served as Physicians for a National Health Program president in 2002 and 2003, then as Senior Health Policy Fellow. For two decades, Don wrote "Quote of the Day", a daily health policy update which inspired HJM.

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