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Firearm Deaths of American Minors:
Perceptions vs. Facts

By Andrew Goddard

A study of firearm deaths of young people written by VACPS Board Member Andrew Goddard was recently published by the University of Richmond's Public Interest Law Review.

You can read it below in its entirety, but here's the abstract:

Firearm violence is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of eighteen. This article demonstrates that widely held misconceptions about the true nature and extent of this violence have led to legislative proposals narrowly tailored toward firearm violence in schools, despite facts and data showing school firearm violence to be a small fraction of the problem. These misconceptions are caused by both the narrow focus of national media attention and the deceptive propaganda of the gun industry. The article concludes by examining several bills proposed during the Virginia General Assembly session of 2022 to show how many of the solutions that legislators are proposing are not only ineffective, but also potentially harmful.

This document can be found on the website of the University of Richmond's Public Interest Law Review HERE