VIDEO: New Study Shows Close to 200 Children Have Been Shot Dead in the Year Since Newtown Massacre

The true toll of our runaway gun culture is likely even higher.

In the year since the Newtown school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, at least 194 children aged 12 and under have been killed by guns.  That is the latest figure according to a new special report released by Mother Jones.

The publication analyzed these tragic and avoidable deaths acrosss hundreds of news reports spread over 43 states.

Amongst the key findings the study found that: 127 of the children died from gunshots in their own homes; 72 of the victims pulled the trigger themselves or were shot by another kid; and at least 52 of the deaths involved a child handling a gun left unsecured.

Even more unsettling, only 6 percent of adults were held criminally liable for the incidents. 

In fact, a recent study of pediatric records by Boston physicians reveals that the true toll is in fact probably much higher.  The research found that about 500 children and teens die each year and 7500 are hospitalized from gunshots.

Still, the NRA continues to downplay the dangers that firearms pose to children going so far as to claim that arming more adults is the solution to protecting children. This is the despite overwhelming data pointing to the contrary.

This week, as we commemorate the anniversary of Newtown, the question remains: how many more children must die before our gun laws are amended to protect our children once and for all.

Watch the special report:

Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.


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