Gun Violence and Children
In light of recent events, I wanted to take the time to shine a light on the fact that guns have surpassed car accidents as the No. 1 cause of death among children in 2020, jumping nearly 30% between 2019 and 2020, per a research letter in the New England Journal of Medicine. This week's shooting in Texas was the 27th school shooting this year, which means one has occurred roughly every five days in 2022. For decades before 2020, motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death among children. However, that is no longer the case. Though mass shootings, which have drastically increased over the past 30 years, are part of the problem, the vast majority of kids are killed by guns in smaller, day-to-day incidents. Safe Kids Worldwide has Gun Safety Tips available that we should all take a moment to review to help ensure we protect those close to us, especially children, safe.
While your Memorial Day weekend might be packed with family fun and summer activities, I think it's important to pause the celebrations to remember Memorial Day's real meaning and history.
While we're pausing to honor the military personnel who've sacrificed their lives for our freedom, it's also a good time to note that many Armed Forces members have been serving while battling for our nation's health during the COVID-19 pandemic. From military doctors and nurses, members of the Armed Forces helping with vaccine distributions, and those who don't have the option to work from home during the global health crisis, I am grateful for their courage and service. I hope all of you have a safe and joyful Memorial Day.