On average 32 Americans are killed by a gun in one day, this is a big problem. But then we buy our children BB gun, non-powder guns, and shooting games! This, from childhood fills their head with shooting as a game. They are running around, in real life or in the games, looking for someone, or something to shoot at, the idea being to kill as many living things as possible. Some people make the mistake of treating non-powder guns as toys. But they are really weapons! From 1990 to 2000, U.S Consumers Product Safety Commission reported 39 non-powder gun related deaths. Toy guns and shooting games should be out-lawed.
Non-powder guns, including BB, air and pellet guns, are inherently dangerous weapons that can inflict potentially severe or lethal injuries, particularly on children. According to one study, there are an estimated 3.2 million BB/pellet guns sold in the U.S. each year. (Trends in BB/Pellet Gun Injuries in Children and Teenagers in the United States, at http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/8/3/185.full.pdf+html). Because non-powder guns expel projectiles (usually made of metal or hard plastic) through the force of air pressure, CO2 pressure, or spring action, they are different from firearms, which use gunpowder to generate energy to launch a projectile. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have compiled national data on non-powder gun injuries which illustrate the inherent danger of these weapons. Between 2001 and 2011, non-powder guns injured 209,981 people nationwide, including 145,423 children age 19 or younger. In 2011 alone, 16,451 injuries – including 10,288 injuries to children age 19 and younger – resulted from the use of non-powder guns. (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://webapp.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/nfirates2001.html). According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, BB guns and pellet rifles cause an average of four deaths per year. Because non-powder guns are designed to discharge projectiles, often at high speeds and with significant force, they should not be confused with toy guns. At this point, another question for this matter must be inquired, non-powder guns are not as dangerous as real firearms, are they? Yes, they are. From 1990 to 2000, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 39 non-powder gun related deaths. At Nationwide Children’s Hospital we have seen multiple serious non-powder gun injuries. Many people make the mistake of treating non-powder guns as toys, but they are actually weapons. They cause serious injury if the proper safety measures are not taken.
Equally important is, the clear and convincing evidence: media violence is 1 of the causal factors of real-life violence and aggression. In July 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was joined by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Psychological Association in issuing an unprecedented joint statement on the impact of entertainment violence on children.
( www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/119/6/e1398). Also in 2000, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a report on shootings in schools that stated that media violence is a risk factor. In 2003, a panel of media-violence experts convened by the National Institute of Mental Health, at the request of the US Surgeon General, published its comprehensive report on the effects of media violence on youth, which revealed media violence to be a significant causal factor in aggression and violence. Most recently, in 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its report on violent television programming and its effects on children and agreed with the Surgeon General that there is “strong evidence” that exposure to media violence can increase aggressive behavior in children. (http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-50A1.pdf.) The weight of scientific evidence has been convincing to pediatricians, with more than 98% of pediatricians in 1 study expressing the personal belief that media violence affects children’s aggression. Research has associated exposure to media violence with a variety of physical and mental health problems for children and adolescents, including aggressive and violent behavior, bullying, and desensitization to violence, fear, depression, nightmares, and sleep disturbances. Consistent and significant associations between media exposure and increases in aggression and violence have been found in American and cross-cultural studies; in field experiments, laboratory experiments, cross-sectional studies, and longitudinal studies; and with children, adolescents, and young adults. Brad Bushman, social psychologist, the Ohio State University said: “Playing violent video games probably will not turn your child into a psychopathic killer, but I would want to know how the child treats his or her parents, how they treat their siblings, how much compassion they have”.
To wrap it all up, non-powder guns and video games are a topic that generated a lot of controversies today, but something that cannot be denied is, that children get serious injuries and some died at a young age in consequences of the uses of this artifacts treaty like a “toy gun”. Also, the influence of media and shooting videos games is astronomic, opening the minds of the kids to violence and aggression like something normal, without any separation between fiction and reality. The result of this actions are a generation out of control, shooting real people like a game, bullies, and mental problems. 32 Americans shot and killed in one day, but you can help! Contact you elected official, saying you believe BB guns, pellet and non-powder guns shouldn’t be sold in stores, along with the shooting games. Gather up your friends, and start a boycott! You’d be amazed at what a difference you could make.