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Gun Deaths Down Among NH Children, But NH Guns Migrating South

June 11, 2008

Berlin, NH - A new report suggests New Hampshire may have "gotten a lock" on gun safety, at least within its own borders. A report from the Children's Defense Fund, based on data from the national Center for Disease Control and Prevention, shows that the country in 2005 saw its first rise in numbers of children and teens killed by guns since 1994. But New Hampshire's trend was downward, from five deaths in 2003 to just one in 2005.

Chief Peter Morency with the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police believes that one death is too many, but that overall the data show Granite Staters take care to secure their firearms.

"With New Hampshire, with the "Live Free or Die" motto, I think you find that we respect weapons, and put them under lock and key. We educate our children as to gun safety as well."

Gun owners agree that safety training is a key part of responsible gun ownership. But even with New Hampshire's low rates of gun violence, critics argue the state's lax gun purchase laws contribute to higher crime rates in neighboring states. They point to a finding by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms that says 10 percent of illegal guns seized in Massachusetts originated in New Hampshire.

According to the report, "common sense gun safety measures" could help protect children and teens from gun violence.

Although the trend in New Hampshire is positive, Susan Gates with the emphasizes the national numbers still represent a tragedy.

"It is absolutely unacceptable that in this country, we lose eight children every day to gun violence."

The full report, "Protect Kids, Not Guns," is at www.childrensdefense.org.

John Robinson/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - NH