Bicycles Accidents Kill More Children Than Guns, But You Don’t See Calls to Ban Bikes

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Bicycles Accidents Kill Way More Children than Guns, But You Don't See Calls to Ban Bikes

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- Did you know that there are more fatal accidents involving children and bicycles than there are involving children and guns?

It is documented in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fatal injury database.

As you can see from the illustration, for the last 19 years, from 1999 to 2017, there were 2,467 children killed in fatal accidents involving bicycles, versus 1,994 children killed in fatal accidents involving a firearm.

Total accidental deaths of children (unintended deaths). Data from WISQARS database, Image created by Dean Weingarten, 14 August 2019.

Both of the rates are very low. The firearm rate is 1.4 per million children; the bicycle rate is 1.8 per million children. There are numerous things far more commonly involved in unintended deaths than bicycles or guns for children.

The total accidental deaths of children (unintended deaths) from 1999 to 2017 were 135,259. Fatal firearms accidents were 1.47 percent of the total. Many other circumstances accounted for much higher numbers of unintentional deaths than those occurring with firearms. Here are numbers from the CDC database for the same period, 1999-2017, for children aged 0 – 17.

  • Occupants of motor vehicles               27,189
  • Unknown situations, motor vehicles   24,201
  • Suffocation                                          21,008
  • Drowning                                            17,270
  • Pedestrians and motor vehicles         12,098
  • Fire/burning (non-residential)              7,982
  • Fire, residential                                   7,237
  • Poisoning                                            5,166
  • Other land transportation                   3,489
  • Bicycles (pedal cycles)                     2,467
  • Falls                                                  2,118
  • Firearms                                           1,994
  • Natural/Environmental                      1,797

Fatal accidents involving firearms and children are low and have been trending downward for a long time, even as the number of firearms, both absolute and per capita, have increased enormously.

The rate of fatal firearms accidents has been cut by 94% since 1933 while, as a wealthy society, the number of firearms per capita has increased nearly fourfold, from .35 to 1.28 firearms per person in the USA.

Why is there so much focus on requiring gun owners to lock up guns, but not requiring poison owners to lock up poisons?  People are told it is a good preventive measure to lock up poisons, but there is no legislative effort, that I know of, to criminalize the failure to do so.

The political reason seems clear. People who do not own guns do not see any cost to themselves by creating penalties that only apply to gun owners. The politicians are appealing to non-gun owners.

Most gun owners are men. Most non-gun owners are women. By phrasing the debate as one about children's safety, the politicians use the emotional plea “it's for the children!” The appeal short circuits logic and reason.

There are many single-parent homes. Most of them are headed by women. Single mothers have been an enormous voting block for Democrats. If Democrats were to criminalize the failure to lock up poisons, they would be creating penalties that would apply primarily to their voting base.

One problem of requiring guns to be locked up and unloaded is it prevents guns from being used in self-defense. From 1999 to 2017, there were 33,095 children who were deliberately killed with firearms. Most of them were murdered (the CDC does not differentiate between justified homicide and murder).

The CDC, during the Obama regime, found that firearms were used for defense and to prevent crime, from 500,000 to 3 million times a year. From the CDC:

Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed (Cook and Ludwig, 1996; Kleck, 2001a). Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million (Kleck, 2001a), in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008 (BJS, 2010).

Responsible people can judge their own risks and requirements better than the government can.

Why compare fatal accidents with bicycles to fatal accidents with guns?

It is a starting point for a discussion about how few fatal accidents with guns there are. The fear of guns has been hyped by the media as part of their effort to demonize guns and gun ownership.

When someone calls for guns to be locked up, you can tell them bicycles are involved in more children's fatal accidents than guns are.

You can say that locking guns up prevents them from being used for self-defense, just as storing bicycles in an attic prevents them from being used for transportation.  You cannot schedule a need for defense of self and others, as you can schedule a need for transportation.

In a bad neighborhood, you may need to store your bicycles inside, and have guns ready for defense of self and others. Each person's requirements for transportation and defense are different and individual.

Defensive gun uses are at least five thousand times more common than fatal firearms accidents involving children. That should give pause when the government considers legislation to effectively make the defense of self and others in the home with any weapons, difficult. But the real elephant in the room is why are we not calling for bans on bikes?


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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    CourageousLion
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    CourageousLion

    Bicycles aren’t a threat to Frankenstein. Pitchforks and torches are. And the ARMED SLAVES are rattling their pitchforks so the “powers that be” are getting worried. Well I say this…if they do what they are intending…they will be putting targets on their heads.

    toomanyhobbies
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    toomanyhobbies

    sad but true, more children die from neglect, not to mention the millions that are murdered by late term abortions, yet….

    SkippingDog
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    SkippingDog

    How many people are assaulted or murdered with bicycles?

    Larry
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    Larry

    How many goal posts are moved by trolls?

    Larry
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    Larry

    The accidental firearms death stats are a required talking point in NRA classes. As an (inactive) instructor, I am aware that the rates had been going down since the beginning of the 20th century, and the last figure that was current when I was teaching was about 800 annually. That’s why I was shocked to see almost 2,000 deaths of children only… until I realized I was looking at a aggregated figure for 19 years, not an annual figure. It’s nice to aggregate data over a period, but it’s a bit more educational to then average the figures out to… Read more »

    Docduracoat
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    Docduracoat

    Dean,
    Why are you appealing to reason and facts?
    These gun control laws have nothing to do with protecting children, stopping crime, or preventing terrorism.
    These are all baby steps on the way to total civilian disarmament .
    Because they plan to oppress the people in such a way that we would shoot them..

    Viewed through this lens, our only strategy is no compromise

    CourageousLion
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    CourageousLion

    They are ALL READY oppressing us! I guess we need to expect MORE oppression. Who among us owns our own homes free and clear? If you don’t pay your “rent” every year, you’ll find out who owns it. That’s the first plank of the communist manifesto. Oh, yea, we call it “property tax”. What is the difference?

    TEEBONE
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    TEEBONE

    “One problem of requiring guns to be locked up and unloaded is it prevents guns from being used in self-defense.”

    “Held:

    “3) …the requirement that any lawful firearm in the home be disassembled or bound by a trigger lock makes it impossible for citizens to use arms for the core lawful purpose of self-defense and is hence unconstitutional.” – D.C. v. Heller (2008)

    Dicta:

    “[A] statute which, under the pretense of regulating, amounts to a destruction of the right, or which requires arms to be so borne as to render them wholly useless for the purpose of defense [is] clearly unconstitutional.”

    SGT_Wombat
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    SGT_Wombat

    THAT’S IT! NO MORE CHILDREN IN MOTOR VEHICLES! 27,189 DEAD CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY WERE IN A CAR! NOT ONE MORE!

    Will
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    Will

    @SGT,got to end “automobile violence” !

    Fred the Advocate
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    Fred the Advocate

    FBI Crime Table 8…….has legal shootings imbedded in their firearm homicides numbers…. 8583 Total Firearms Homicides USA 2011 Includes: 400 Police Legal Homicides 2011 260 Citizen Legal Homicides 2011 1500-2000 Homicides Citizen in acts of protection NON castle doctrine states, “MY estimate 3k, 4k” Compare Guns to every day events and gun is not the villain the liberals claim: 323 Rifle Homicides 2011, “assault rifle ban” location…worth a Constitutional Change…Police weapon of choice 4,000 Homicides by Hands, Feet, Knives, and Clubs type stuff (nearly 50% of the Firearm Homicides) 10,000 Kids “Bike Homicides” under 14 yrs old 2011 12,000 People… Read more »

    JPM
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    JPM

    Okay, this isn’t going to fly, even with the most ignorant and stupid of left-wingers. The obvious come-back is, “No one ever killed dozens of people with a bicycle”. Home accidents are one thing, but you know the left is simply going to shift focus to multiple shootings and away from “accidents” in the home. If you’re going to make an argument, at least make one that can’t be side stepped or misdirected. Make a valid argument and one that is on point where it needs to be, don’t try to point out logic and use common sense on people… Read more »

    SGT_Wombat
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    SGT_Wombat

    Multiple homicides have been carried out with bombs, Kabul (last week) 63 dead, 182 injured at a WEDDING, by a TRUCK, Nice (2016) 86 dead 458 injured. But you are right about one thing, we won’t win the argument because they are arguing with emotions and we argue with logic and facts, they just tune us out. The left also doesn’t get sarcasm.

    Larry
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    Larry

    The area under discussion is accidental deaths of children, not mass shootings, terrorist attacks, or anything else.

    JPM
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    JPM

    Larry, I know that. I’m stating that what the left is going to do, as they always do, is move the argument away from accidental deaths of children and shift focus to mass shootings and how guns are evil.

    Circle8
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    Circle8

    I wonder if nancy PIG-LOSI will introduce a bill to eliminate bicycles because we must “protect the children”. Maybe fat-a$$ hillary will “write” another book on it takes a village to kill the children.

    Will
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    Will

    JOIN GOA ! THE ONLY NO-COMPROMISE GUN LOBBY IN WASHINGTON !

    StreetSweeper
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    StreetSweeper

    Those are facts Mr. Weingarten, gun-grabbers don’t normally deal with, nor like, facts.

    Baldwin
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    Baldwin

    If one were to deal with something or like something, one would first have to acknowledge the existence and validity of said something. But all of us here know that ain’t gonna happen. The facts don’t matter.