Mayor Bloomberg of New York has made a claim that 7 children are murdered with a gun every day of the year. (2555) For the purpose of determining children, the numbers are usually ages 1 through 14. But according to Center For Disease Control and Prevention's 2011 National Vital Statistics Report, the number of children murdered between the ages of 1 and 4 are 370 for the country. Murders of children 5 to 14 is 269. And that's all murders, not just gun deaths. Therefore the number of children killed would be less than 1.7 a day.
-FBI Crime stats for 2011 show 12,664 total murders in America for that year, 67 percent of which involved a firearm. So there were 639 deaths of children and 67% of those were by guns. That would mean that 428 were killed with guns. That's 1.2 deaths a day. Others could have been starved to death, beaten, shaken, or stabbed.
So, how did Bloomberg come up with 7 murders a day with guns? Well, you could add in all children up to the age of 17. But, even when you do that, you come up with 1690 additional deaths, but you must remember, at this age, it would include drug dealers and gang members. Even then it only adds 4.575 a day. And then, remember that only 67% of those murders are with guns, or 1132 gun deaths or 3.1 a day. That means using the most extreme statistics, a total of 1560 children ages 1 through 17 or 4.27 a day. Far less than Bloomberg's 7.
Now, let's take it one step further. In 2012, there were 440 school age children shot in Chicago alone. And it's almost impossible to own a legal gun there. Add in the murders in New York City, LA, and Washington D.C. where legal gun ownership is hard to come by and you see just how bad Bloomberg's numbers really are.