91 Kids Age 10 or Younger Shot to Death in 2012
'Washington Post' analysis finds total goes way beyond Newtown
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2013 2:05 PM CST
A memorial last year after the shootings in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – The 20 children shot to death inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last year account for only about a fifth of the young kids fatally shot in 2012, according to a Washington Post analysis. The survey finds that 91 children age 10 or younger were killed in deliberate shootings during the year. Of note:

  • Mental illness played a role in two-thirds of the cases (including Newtown), stray bullets killed 22, and drugs had some connection in six deaths.
  • Seventeen of the kids were killed by their mother and another 17 by their father.
  • More than half were killed in their own home or in the home of a relative.
  • The Post has a list of the young victims and more details in a graphic here.

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pastorvon
Dec 14, 2013 10:02 PM CST
I wonder how many of these were killed in Chicago?
flatnosepete
Dec 14, 2013 10:16 AM CST
All we needed was 91 good-guy 8-year-olds with guns and none of this would have happened. LMFAO
winterfairy
Dec 14, 2013 8:18 AM CST
The discussions on guns so many times misses the point. The point being that unlike a car, a pool, or a wave runner -- owning a gun is a moral choice, using a gun is a moral decision. The morals and ethics of taking a life, of an animal or of a person makes some people very uncomfortable. In fact, there is a significant group of people that think no one person should have the right to make those choices. Only the political elitists should. That is the bone of contention. The question being should I, as a private person, have the right to own something that can easily take a life for good or evil? America was based on the foundation of individual freedoms and individual rights. So there is the second conflict. Are we going to throw all the great freedoms America has had for the sake of the group think mentality and the elitists for the sake of "safety"? Which I believe is an illusion.