Facts and figures


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Tirod
December 31, 2012, 10:57 AM
are hard to source. Try typing in something like "annual school bus deaths per 100,000" and most search engines are lacking. However, search engines are pretty good at finding other search engines! Ran across this one, seems to be a sign up and use it type, that looks for charts and graphs - not text websites.

http://www.zanran.com/q/annual_national_school_bus_deaths

And one chart shows that about 130 children a year are likely to die being driven to school in the family car. Considering that at the peak 2006 school year, 63 were killed by a shooter, you should see where I'm taking this.

Just driving to school - family car, bus or whatever - is more dangerous that BEING in school. Sure, statistics can be made to say anything, but we might as well use them. The other side certainly makes up all they want.

If you plan on doing more in the public discourse about the ban on AR's - more than filling out a new NICS - you might want information like this, and more readily available. I don't expect facts and figures to do much in some discussions, but telling those focused on "if it save just one child" that THEY are more likely to kill their kids, it might get thru.

Honestly - when you count up all the ways kids get killed (and their should be no question that any child's death is a horrible thing,) what I see is that the primary caretaker is more likely to endanger a child than most of the other risks. Worse, it's commonly due to neglect - check the figures on pool drownings.

It's not a pretty fact, but there it is, and of course, we can't outlaw parents, can we?

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