Government statistics released this week claiming that 77 minors in the U.S. were killed by unintentional gun discharges last year significantly understate the scope of an enduring public health problem. A review of shootings nationwide by The Associated Press and USA TODAY Network found that at least 141 deaths of minors were attributed to unintentional or accidental shootings in 2015 — 83 percent higher than what the Centers for Disease Control reported.
- A former official with the Centers for Disease Control said Monday “it’s crazy,” the government blocks research into how to prevent unintentional gun deaths among children and teens.
- The CDC has been reluctant to venture into gun violence research over the last 20 years, fearing repercussions from the Dickey Amendment.
- “I think people 30 years from now are going to look back at this time and say, ‘My God, how did we, as parents, as a nation, tolerate these deaths?
“The Associated Press says CDC officials admit their count is low because coroners classify accidents on death certificates differently.”