I ask this question because the CDC has done a gun study....you know...the CDC that anti-gunners tell us isn't allowed to do gun research...as they keep doing gun research..... The CDC has released a new study stating that under 1,300 "children" are killed by guns every year....... Tell me....the study goes from 1-17......are the sad children caught in the criminal life who are shot and killed shooting and killing other gang members of that same age group really children when they are shot? Isn't it fair to ask if a 14 or 15 year old carrying a gun to murder rival gang member, or to rob an innocent victim...should they be counted the same as children...who aren't walking around with guns to murder and rob people? Childhood Firearm Injuries in the United States | Articles | Pediatrics Here is a look at the study...and some reality.... Shootings Now 3rd Leading Cause of Death for "Children"? - The Truth About Guns But just so we’re clear about the role criminal activity plays in teenage firearms-related injuries and deaths, here’s anecdotal evidence from nbclosangeles.com: [An off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer] was walking along the sidewalk on First Avenue, just south of Colorado Boulevard, when he was attacked from behind by the three teenage boys, Rodriguez said. One of the suspects hit the officer in the head several times while another pointed a handgun at the officer and demanded his property, Rodriguez said. “The victim thought the subjects were going to rob and shoot him so he retrieved his department issued handgun,” Rodriguez said. “The victim shot at the subjects in an effort to defend himself.” The suspect with the handgun, the 15-year-old boy, and another suspect, one of the 14-year-old boys, were struck by the gunfire while the third suspect ran away when the shooting started and was not hit, according to Rodriguez. The 15-year-old died of his injuries — but not before becoming a “childhood gun death” statistic that gun control advocates will use to try to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Not to mention the teenage gang bangers shot during the normal course of their criminal activities.