Biden White House Wrongly Claims Guns Are Top Cause of Child Deaths


On Wednesday, the Biden White House posted the claim that “guns are the number one killer of children,” which has been shown to be false.

The White House posted:

This claim was debunked by Truth Voices when President Joe Biden first made it on June 2, 2022. An analysis of the data revealed that the inclusion of 18- and 19-year-olds (i.e., people of voting age) was necessary for the claim to hold. However, since 18- and 19-year-olds are not children, Biden’s claim, and by extension the White House’s assertion, is incorrect.

A May 26, 2022, FOX News report highlighted figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showing that in 2020, firearm-related deaths for people aged 0-19 totaled 4,368, while motor vehicle deaths for the same age range were 4,036. This led gun control groups to claim that firearms killed more children than car accidents, but they overlooked the age range inclusion of 18- and 19-year-olds.

Moreover, even within the 0-19 age range, Truth Voices found that CDC numbers indicate that unintentional motor vehicle deaths were 27 times higher than unintentional firearm-related deaths.

AWR Hawkins
AWR Hawkins
AWR Hawkins is one of the preeminent 2nd amendment journalists having racked up a series of high profile awards in the space. The Second Amendment Foundation named him Journalist of the Year 2015; Gun Rights Defender of the Year 2016; and Journalist of the Year 2017. He was named 2019 Journalist of the Year at the 34th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, and Gun Rights Defender of the Year at its 2020 conference.

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