We the young people are the first line of defense in the prevention of gun violence. The hospitals and police come in after the violence has occurred. We’re coming in before.
– A youth leader from TeensOnTarget, a youth violence prevention program
Nearly 8 kids and teens are killed by firearms every day. Help keep your friends safe by learning about gun safety and sharing your knowledge with them.
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How can you help prevent gun violence? GET CREATIVE!
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Think Violence doesn’t affect young people? Think again.
- Nearly 1.7 million children, under the age of 18, live in homes with firearms that are both loaded and unlocked in the United States.
- Over 40% of American households with children have guns.
- On average, 45 children and teens are shot every day in America.
The 2005 national Youth Risk Behavior survey found that out of more than 16 million American high school students:
- More than 1/10 male high school students carry a weapon, such as a gun or knife, on school property each month.
- Nearly one million high school students feel too unsafe even to go to school each month.
- Over 870,000 high school students carry a gun each month, including over 30,000 in Ohio.
- Over 1.2 million high school students are injured or threatened with a weapon at school each year, including over 46,000 in Ohio.
The 3rd Annual Nationally Valid Teen Gun Survey, conducted in January and February of 2002, questioned more than 1,000 youths across America (as released by Join Together, on June 27, 2002):
- Over 40% of American teens personally know someone who has been shot.
- More than 1/3 of American teens believe that they have easy access to a handgun- 42% of young men and 29.8% young women responded: If I really wanted to, I could get a handgun.
- More than 1/3 of American teens know a teenager who has threatened to kill someone.
According to the US government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2,852 children and teens were killed by firearms in the United States in 2004 OR nearly eight kids and teens every day. That includes:
- 1,804 homicides in the US and 46 in Ohio
- 846 suicides in the US and 28 in Ohio
- 143 unintentional shootings in the US and 5 in Ohio
- a total of 358 firearm deaths of children under the age of 15
- a total of 119 firearm deaths of children under the age of 10
An additional 13,846 children and teens were seriously injured by firearms in the United States or more than 37 every day.
 Violence Policy Center report from FBI Uniform Crime Reports,
Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Findings From the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2002, published 2005,
Peter Hart Research Associates Poll, 1999, American Journal of Public Health, April 2000