Media Bias

CBS Television show again pushing the supposed dangers of guns in the home

13 Feb , 2021   Video

On CBS’s Magnum PI (S3 E8 February 12 2021), a twelve-year-old steals his father’s gun from a bedside table and accidentally shoots his ten-year-old brother. The message is parents should be afraid of guns in the home even if the parent is at home. But this again greatly exaggerates the dangers of guns in the home. In 2019, there were 37 accidental gun deaths for children under eleven years of age. Past research has shown that most of those involve shots from adult males, most in the mid to late 20s, who also have criminal records and are very likely to be drug addicts or alcoholics. So with 43.8 million children in that age range, the probability of a young child getting ahold of a gun and accidentally shooting another child is incredibly small. With half of American homes owning guns, that implies a probability of a child dying from an accidental gun shot in those homes of 0.00017%. If you try to look at the rate that a child gets a hold of a gun and accidentally shoots another child, you are talking about 0.000068%.

These numbers aren’t unusual. If you take the first five years from 1999-2004 when the modern CDC data is available, the average yearly rate is very similar: 38.6.

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  1. […] “Magnum PI” has an episode the place a 12-year-old steals his father’s gun from a bedside desk and unintentionally shoots his 10-year-old brother. The message is that oldsters must be afraid of getting weapons within the residence. However, in 2019, there were 37 accidental gun deaths among children under 11 years of age in all the nation. Most of these deaths contain pictures fired by grownup males, sometimes of their mid- to late-20s, who even have prison information and are very more likely to be drug addicts or alcoholics. With 43.8 million youngsters beneath 11, the likelihood of a younger little one getting ahold of a gun and unintentionally taking pictures one other little one is extremely small. […]

  2. […] …“Magnum PI” has an episode where a 12-year-old steals his father’s gun from a bedside table and accidentally shoots his 10-year-old brother. The message is that parents should be afraid of having guns in the home. But, in 2019, there were 37 accidental gun deaths among children under 11 years of age in the entire country. Most of those deaths involve shots fired by adult males, typically in their mid- to late-20s, who also have criminal records and are very likely to be drug addicts or alcoholics. With 43.8 million children under 11, the probability of a young child getting ahold of a gun and accidentally shooting another child is incredibly small.  […]

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