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Protect Children, Not Guns 2010

Release Date: August 20, 2010
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Protect Children, Not Guns 2010

CDF's Protect Children, Not Guns 2010 is a compilation of the most recent and reliable national and state data on gun violence in America. This report provides the latest statistics on firearm deaths by race, age and manner; highlights state gun violence trends and efforts to prevent child access to guns; dispels common myths about guns; and explains the significance of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gun ownership.

With over 280 million guns in civilian hands, the terrible truth is that there is no place to hide from gun violence. Children and teens are not safe from gun violence at school, at home, or anywhere else in America. According to this report, 3,042 children and teens died from gunfire in America in 2007—one child or teen every three hours, eight every day, 58 every week. Almost six times as many children and teens—17,523—suffered non-fatal gun injuries and the often lifelong emotional aftermath that follows. Gun violence, especially in poor communities, drives thousands of vulnerable young people into the pipeline to prison. This report encourages America to help dismantle the pipeline to prison by standing up and taking action to help protect children from the fatal effects of gun violence.