NRAYouthDay

Last weekend, the National Rifle Association celebrated “youth day” at their annual convention. The event offered free membership to children and a chance to win a rifle or shotgun. Since last weekend, there were many tragic incidents involving youths and guns. Here’s a summary:

 

• Police in Waseca, Minnesota, arrested a 17-year-old with an SKS military-style rifle, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and a stockpile of explosives. He admitted during interrogation that he intended to attack his school and kill as many people as possible.

 

• A seven-year-old Indiana boy died from a gunshot wound he received while he and his brother were shooting ground moles in their backyard.

 

• A 19-year-old seminary student was shot by a Billings, Montana man who had invited him to stay at his home as a houseguest.

 

• A three-year-old boy in Cape Fear, North Carolina, died from a stray bullet injury.

 

• After talking for several days about his intentions to shoot whoever had burglarized his home, a man in Missoula, Montana, set a trap by leaving his garage door open with valuable items in plain sight. He shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old foreign exchange student who entered his yard.

 

• Parents at a little league game in Georgia called 9-1-1 nearly two-dozen times to report that a man openly carrying a pistol was stalking the game and refusing to leave. Police told the parents that that sort of behavior is legal in Georgia now, and there was nothing they could do about it.

 

• A group of children were questioned and a semiautomatic rifle was confiscated following reports that the children had been firing live ammunition over the heads of passing pedestrians in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

 

• A nine-year-old boy in Durham, North Carolina, fatally shot himself while playing with a gun.

 

• A 13-year-old boy was shot in Bedford, Indiana. Police are investigating.

 

• In what police are calling an accidental shooting, a 17-year-old girl was shot in the face in Scott City, Missouri.

 

• In Wichita, Kansas, a four-year-old boy opened the drawer of a nightstand and found a loaded handgun. He shot and accidentally killed his 19-month-old brother.

 

• A six-year-old boy turned over a loaded .45-caliber handgun to school officials in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

 

• An elementary school teacher in Del Valle, Texas, confiscated a 9mm handgun from a student who had brought it to class.

 

• A 13-year-old boy was apprehended outside a middle school in Mobile, Alabama, openly carrying a handgun.

 

• School officials in Stratham, New Hampshire, confiscated a gun from a student’s locker at a middle school.

 

• Two California teens found a loaded shotgun in the closet at home. The 16-year-old accidentally shot his 18-year-old brother.

 

• Students riding a school bus in Geneva, Florida, notified the bus driver that an eight-year-old had a gun in his backpack. The driver called police, who confiscated the gun.

 

• Police in Toppenish, Washington, confiscated a gun from a16-year-old student.

 

• White County High School was placed on lockdown when school officials realized a student had brought a gun to class.

 

• A fourth-grade student in Brandon, South Dakota brought a gun to school.

 

• a 15-year-old student brought a .45-caliber handgun to Canyon Lake High School in San Antonio with the intention of selling it. He was arrested.

 

• A Kansas City woman was shot and killed in a car when two 16-year-olds were trading guns in the back seat and one of them unintentionally fired a round.

 

• A 17-year-old student in Missouri City, Texas, was arrested for bringing a gun to school.

 

• Students riding home on a school bus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana got into an argument. When the bus dropped one of them off at his home, the boy ran inside, grabbed his parents’ handgun, ran back outside and fired shots at the school bus.

 

• A teenager in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, shot himself in the leg.

 

• A 14-year-old girl shot and killed another 14-year-old girl in Chicago following an online argument about a boy.

 

• After an argument with some young men in an apartment complex, a 16-year-old and a six-year-old were both shot in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

• A Milwaukee toddler was playing outside and crawled into his mother’s parked car. He found a loaded handgun in the glove compartment, and fatally shot himself.

 

• An Alaska teen killed two state troopers with a semiautomatic rifle.

 

* A man in Delaware Township, Pennsylvania, pointed what he thought was an unloaded gun at his nephew. He unintentionally shot the 11-year-old boy in the head, killing him.

 

• A gunman in Jonesboro, Arkansas, shot six people before killing himself. The victims included a 13-year old girl (who died) and two boys, aged ten and eight, who were listed in critical condition.

08. August 2013 · Comments Off on Actually, no–we didn’t get it wrong. · Categories: Informational, Statistics · Tags: , , , , ,

We recently posted an infographic about murder rates in Chicago as compared to other U.S. cities. Some skeptics thought we must be distorting the data. They complained that, while we did use an apples-to-apples comparison of Metropolitan areas, what they would have preferred was a comparison only of murders within the city limits. They also complained that we were comparing all murders, not just gun-related murders. Well, here are three different ways of comparing murder rates. As you can see, the point we were making (that Chicago is not uniquely murderous) bears out in each case. (And to reiterate, that’s the only point we’re making in this post–violence has many factors, of which gun laws are only one. We can’t point to any one factor and say “that’s why this city is more violent than that city.” But we can provide real data to combat factually inaccurate assertions.)

 

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And here are some supporting links:

Data table from the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Data table from the Centers for Disease Control

Article in PoliticusUSA on the most dangerous cities in the U.S. as of 2013

Article on Yahoo about the most dangerous cities in America

Article in the Chicago Tribune about murder rates

Article in the Wall Street Journal about the ten most dangerous American cities

Article in US News and World Report about the 11 most dangerous American cities