WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the nation's mayors
discuss solutions to gun violence at their annual conference, the
Children's Defense Fund today released Protect Children, Not Guns 2007, its
new annual report that details how each and every day we continue to lose
children and teens to gun violence in America.
"Gun violence affects everyone in America and is a major public health
problem," said Marian Wright Edelman, CDF President. "Each and every day in
America we continue to lose far too many children and teens to gun violence
in towns, cities and rural areas all across the country. What is it going
to take for us to stop the killing of our youth and the proliferation of
guns, which leave every single American at risk?"
According to the CDF report, which uses the latest data from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2004 alone the gun death
toll for children and teens in the United States was 2,825, more than the
total number of American service men and women who died in combat in Iraq
and Afghanistan since those wars began though December 2006.
Gun violence exacted a high toll on America's children and teens in
-- 58 preschoolers were killed by firearms, while 57 law enforcement
officers were killed in the line of duty.
-- 60 percent of the children and teens killed were White; 37 percent
-- White children and teens were nine times as likely to commit suicide
by guns as Black children and teens.
-- Girls are not immune to gun violence. The number of girls killed by
firearms rose from 325 in 2003 to 387 in 2004 -- a 19 percent increase.
-- Firearm deaths of children and teens went up more than 10 percent in
six states-Michigan, Colorado, Tennessee, Arizona, New Jersey,
Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.
"There must be a movement to end gun violence in our country and stop
the proliferation of guns," said Edelman. "Let us build on the current
initiative of more than 120 U.S. mayors who have called for national
leadership to wage war on the gun violence that snuffs out so many lives in
A full copy of the report can be found at:
The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind(R) mission is to
ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe
Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with
the help of caring families and communities.
CONTACT: Nayyera Haq of Children's Defense Fund, +1-202-662-3592
SOURCE Children's Defense Fund