By Tom Knighton
No one is surprised that CNN is taking an anti-gun position, even if it’s about airguns. It’s kind of their thing. Take, for example, the story they ran on Monday about how airgun accidents with children have supposedly skyrocketed. Titled, “Air gun eye injuries rise 169% among kids, study finds,” the story is full of scaremongering designed to terrify parents and to keep them from allowing their kids access to airguns.
After starting with an anecdote about a kid who lost an eye to an airgun accident, they offer this:
Between 1990 and 2012, the rate of eye injuries tied to nonpowder guns — such as BB, pellet and paintball guns — in the United States skyrocketed 168.8%, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday.
In that 23-year period, the most common sports- and recreation-related eye injuries among children occurred while they were playing basketball, baseball and softball or while using nonpowder guns, the study found.
“These findings demonstrate that sports- and recreation-related eye injuries are common and can be severe,” said Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and senior author of the study.
However, it’s not nearly as terrifying as portrayed.
“However, the rate of eye injury associated with nonpowder guns — including BB, pellet and paintball guns — increased by almost 170%,” Smith said. “Nonpowder-gun-related eye injuries accounted for 11% of eye injuries and almost half of hospitalizations reported during the study period.”
In 1990, the rate of nonpowder-gun-related eye injuries was estimated to be around 1.61 per 100,000 children. In 2012, the rate was 4.34 per 100,000 children, Smith said.
In other words, while there’s been an increase, it’s still only a fairly small percentage of all accidents. Obviously, if it’s your child, it’s Click to see the original article