Vice President Kamala Harris wrongfully claimed Sunday that gun violence is the leading cause of death for children.
While any gun violence is tragic, the facts show that gun violence falls below many other areas, including deaths by car accidents.
— Elroy (@_ericroyer) July 18, 2023
"Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show firearm-related deaths for children aged 0-17 was 2,281 in 2020, while the number of motor vehicle deaths for the same ages was 2,503," Breitbart News reported.
"Moreover, according to CDC numbers, children are 27 times more likely to die an accidental car death than an accidental gun death and unintentional suffocation deaths are 10 times higher among children than accidental gun deaths," it added.
Congress must have the courage to step up and pass commonsense gun safety laws. pic.twitter.com/J0Naa8WHW8
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 16, 2023
Harris also used the issue to push gun safety laws and increased background checks.
"Congress must have the courage to step up and pass commonsense gun safety laws," she tweeted.
States with universal gun background checks and stronger gun laws have not, however, decreased levels of gun violence.
California has some of the strongest laws in the nation against so-called "assault weapons," yet continues to lead the nation with homicides.
New York, which also has strong gun laws, also ranks among the highest in the nation for gun violence, leading to questions over the effectiveness of additional laws that target law-abiding gun owners.
The renewed push by Harris is both factually inaccurate and pushes an agenda that would not be solved by her proposed solution. Instead, other factors need to be considered to help curb gun violence without limiting the constitutional rights of America's gun owners.