One waits, apparently in vain, for you to post the annual rates of children who either shoot themselves or someone else with a gun. But then you Libertarians are notoriously ambivalent to and silent about data and facts and would rather talk abstract principles and fear monger (like the government will confiscate your guns). It doesn't require any degree of subtlety to see why you are data and fact adverse. The facts indicate we have a crisis with gun violence and accidents in the USA, and Libertarians offer nothing credible to address it. Lives, even the lives of children, get sacrificed to the fetishism of liberty. That's intellectual cowardice.OK, Dana, let's talk facts.
According to the Children's Defense Fund, which is itself only querying the CDCP data base, fewer than 10 children/teens were killed per year in Delaware by firearms in 2008 and 2009 [most recent years on record].
Theoretically the number could be 1 and it could be 9 or any number in between because the CDCP now suppresses the data if the number is below 10 because it figures that it is too easy to thereby get the children's names and breach the confidentiality of the reporting.
However, you CAN break it down for 2005-2007 to get some sort of idea of where it might lie, so I queried the database for that stat--all children/teens [ages 0-19] killed by firearms [including homicides, suicides, accidents, and "other"-for the record I have no idea what "other" could be].
This is what I got [you will have to make due with a screenshot rather than a link because individual queries don't save]:
So the "Crude Rate," or deaths per 100,000 children/teens from firearms in Delaware each year appears to be about 3/100,000.
The overall "Crude Rate" of deaths per 100,000 children/teens from all injury-related [in other words, non-disease] causes in Delaware during the same period is 16.8/100,000 [sorry I lost the screen capture on that one, but you can query it yourself here; it is a very difficult server and you will probably have to query five to six times for each result you get].
So what it looks like the stats are telling us is that 3/100,000 children/teens die from firearms injuries each year in Delaware and 13.8/100,000 children/teens die from other injuries.
But you should also know that in those years virtually all child/teen firearms deaths fall in the 15-19 year old age group. There are none reported that I can find for the age groups 0-14 in the same period.
For that older teen age group there is a much higher 10.9/100,000 firearms-related death rate. In 2007 [which is consistent with the other years], 6 of the 7 reported firearms deaths among older teens was a homicide; the other death in two of the three years appears to have been police-inflicted, and in the other year it appears to have been either a suicide or "undetermined."
Pretty much any examination of the statistics for teen homicides (and teen murderers) will uncover the fact that 99% of Delaware's teen homicides occur in the city of Wilmington. Google it yourself, there are way too many articles to cite separately and no really good cumulative stats available.
So here's the thing, Dana: Wilmington has a teen firearms death problem. The rest of the state doesn't.
Nor would any of Governor Markell's proposed gun control legislation have a noticeable impact on those few deaths. As near as I can tell from tracking down individual stories (and you are welcome to rebut if you actually find data rather than just sneer at me for not doing your research for you), the overwhelming majority of the guns used in teen-related gun crimes in Wilmington [either by or against a teen, or both] were already illegal under current gun laws. Nor were large capacity magazines involved in any of those crimes I can find.
There you have it: statistics and data rather than abstract principles. The statistics, at least in Delaware, don't bear out your fear mongering about childhood mortality due to guns.
But, you see, it is not really about facts, data, and statistics, and it never really was. You, along with those who believe there should be no privately held firearms in this country, are more than willing to make assertions about what the data would show, but you never produce it. In this case, you didn't produce because it doesn't back up your argument.
[Final note for completeness sake: I gave it the old school try to find out about guns used by children in Delaware to kill or injure other people, and I simply cannot find anywhere that such statistics are kept.]