OVER 65 – SHOT DEAD!!!Posted: January 13, 2013
GAG (Grandparents Against Guns) has focused on grandchildren, as it should; however, while I was looking up statistics involving children, I found numbers involving guns and those over 65. GAG has found that those who are, or could be, grandparents die from guns at a much higher rate than children.
Today I am interested in death by gun; in the future, I will deal with injuries to the youngest and oldest from firearms.
The raw statistics on death from firearms in 2009 speak for themselves:
Accidental discharge of firearms:
Children under 15 48
Old people – over 65 78
Children under 15 64
Old People – over 65 4248
Children under 15 234
Old People – over 65 361
Children under 15 8
Old People – over 65 23
These deaths are only the youngest and the oldest; not included are the thousands between the ages of 15 and 65.
Suicide by means other than firearms for those over 65 resulted in 1610 deaths; thus, suicide by firearms was almost three times that of all other means combined for old people.