Viewing gun use in PG-rated movies by children increased trigger pulls.
Children frequently mimic what they see in real life! Researchers randomized 52 pairs of children 8-12 years of age to watch a 20 minute PG-rated movie clip with or without scenes involving gun use. The pairs then played for 20 minutes in a room with toys and games. Hidden in a drawer was disabled handgun with a trigger sensor. Children who watched gun scenes held the gun longer and pulled the trigger more often. They also played more aggressively.
PositiveTip: What the eye beholds frequently translates into actions!
Eighty-eight people die every day in the U.S. from firearm injuries.
Mass shootings capture our attention via the media. They are terrible events and we hate to see the senseless suffering. Most may not be aware that there are 88 deaths each day in the U.S. due to firearm injuries. In rural areas suicides were the major cause of these deaths, and in the cities homicide.
PositiveTip: Alcohol and substance abuse combined with isolation and the ready availability of a gun can be a deadly mixture.
Firearm-related deaths are one of the top three causes of death in youth.
In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics continues to recommend restricting children's access to firearms. One in 5 injury deaths of those younger than 20 years is firearm related. In 2009, 114 individuals under age 20 died as a result of unintentional gunshot injuries, and more than half of these involved 15-19 year olds.
PositiveTip: The safest homes for a child or adolescent have no firearms.