Biden’s Theory That Guns Are the Number One Killer of Children Depends on Your Definition of “Children”

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    President Joe Biden stated, “Guns are the number one killer of children.” Biden's assertion is only valid if you consider 18- and 19-year-olds to be children. 

    On May 26, 2022, Fox News noted that CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) data showed that the number of deaths caused by firearms among people between the ages of 0 and 19 totaled 4,368 in 2020. Meanwhile, motor-vehicle deaths in the same age group amounted to 4,036. But if you perform an exclusive search using the CDC numbers to ensure that you limit the definition of “children” to those 0-17, i.e., those younger than voting age, the data is completely different.The number of fatalities caused by firearms for children aged 0–17 years was 2,281 in 2020. By contrast, there were 2,503 motor-vehicle fatalities for children in the same age group.

    Biden did not even mention that in the broader age bracket of 0-19, CDC statistics show that motor-vehicle-related death rates were nearly 27 times more than deaths resulting from accidental firearm shootings.

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