(Reuters Health) – – More than one in four U.S. children are exposed to weapon violence before their eighteenth birthday, either as victims or witnesses, a large study suggests. About one in 33 kids are directly assaulted during incidents involving guns or knives, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. “Millions of children are being exposed to violence involving weapons, and many of them are victimized by guns and knives, with an elevated risk of trauma and serious injury,” said lead study author Kimberly Mitchell, a scientist at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.
If you just breathe through the initial paragraph, you come out with the idea that weapon violence is basically gun violence affecting more than 25% of the kids. And I bet they hope you pretty much stop reading by throwing a bunch of other data and the collection method so that is the message you take. But to cover their butts, they reveal the rest of the info midway through the article:
Much of the violence involved objects such as sticks, rocks, bottles, but about 3 percent of children reported exposure to guns and knives.
That means that according to their study, 97% of kids are not exposed to gun and knife violence. If that number is bad, I want you to think about this: They had to bundle both guns and knives to come up with the three percent. That should make you wonder how low the gun numbers were to begin with that they needed a little help from your friendly statistician.
I am not saying that the Crimes Against Children Research Center is an Anti Gun organization, in fact I did a quick check and could not find anything gun control related and they do seem to be doing good work for kids, but I guess they fell to the allure of sensationalize their study for whatever reason, probably funding.
Pity they may get to lose money that way.