In light of the N.C. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that state law unfairly kept a convicted felon from buying a gun, it’s worth remembering a few facts about guns in North Carolina.
Every six days a North Carolina child seventeen or younger is killed by a gun in a homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting. The group North Carolinians Against Gun Violence points out that toy guns, like teddy bears and virtually every other product, are subject to federal safety laws. Real guns are not.
The firearm death rate in the U.S. for children 14 and younger is nearly 12 times higher than the combined rate in 25 other modern industrialized nations.
There’s plenty more and it all raises an interesting question—why would we want to change the law and allow felons to have guns?