Despite all the roaring debates on gun rights and the second amendment, here lies a question that isn’t asked often enough: what about the children? As much as we dissect the concept of freedom and individual liberties, there’s a group that remains notably absent from the narrative—our kids.
According to a heartbreaking new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, gun violence is now the leading cause of death for American children and teens in 2021. We’re talking about a rate that grew by an agonizing 87% over the past decade..
In an era where health and safety ought to be the cornerstones of a child’s life, what we’re witnessing is an egregious failure of society and governance. Our youth are not just statistics; they are lives full of potential, snuffed out prematurely by the indiscriminate pull of a trigger.
These alarming trends have been spotlighted by advocacy groups like Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, who have been ringing the alarm bells about this glaring issue. Yet, action seems to be sparse.
Not just sparse, but conspicuously missing are federal efforts to curb this escalating crisis. While other countries have effectively managed to regulate gun ownership and thereby protect their young, the U.S. stands as a stark outlier. The numbers speak for themselves: As reported by The New York Times, American children are “36 times more likely to be killed by a gun than their counterparts in other high-income countries.”
So, as we march forward with our debates on freedom and rights, let’s remember the silenced voices in this discourse. The voice of a generation at risk—our children—whose lives are forfeit in a society that has yet to square its priorities. When it comes to gun violence and kids, it’s high time for a change that goes beyond mere talk. Our children deserve more than to become footnotes in a debate—they deserve to live.