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Accidental firearms injuries have been on the decline nationwide. In 2001, 5,091 children ages 19 and under were injured Mens Converse High Tops Leather

Meanwhile, gun violence persists. Since the shooting on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., 58 children have been killed by guns, according to the online magazine Slate. On Saturday in Tennessee, a 4 year old boy accidentally shot and killed the wife of a sheriff's deputy.

Nicola Bocour, director of Ceasefire NJ, which advocates for stricter gun laws, said the shooting underscores the need for a societal shift in attitudes toward guns.

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Nationally, guns still kill twice as many children and young people than cancer, five times as many than heart disease and 15 times more than infection, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

"We see guns as much of a threat in their life as we used to see bacteria and viruses," said Dr. Judith Black Leather Converse High Tops Amazon

"I think what it really shows is that the state of the gun culture in this country right now, the way it's approached, is not healthy," Bocour said.

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Brandon was shot in the head by his friend and neighbor, an unidentified 4 year old boy, on Monday night. He is now also a statistic of gun violence. soldiers injured in the war in Afghanistan, according to the defense fund.

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It was not clear Tuesday how the Toms River boy got access to the rifle.

S. "If you look at what's actually killing children and disabling children, guns is one of the major things."

Most victims of gun violence in 2010 were not on a Converse Shoes Pink battlefield or remote hillside in the Middle East fighting in a war. They were, like 6 year old Brandon Holt, children and teenagers in America, according to the Children's Defense Fund.

Monday night's shooting in Toms River comes during a high profile period for guns and politics. Congress is set to vote on a series of gun control measures aimed at reducing gun violence.

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Guns kill twice as many kids as cancer does

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children under 19 were reported injured by a firearm, according to the defense fund.

"Gun violence right now is an epidemic in our country," said Raymonde Charles, a Children's Defense Fund spokeswoman. "It's a moral imperative for us to really come together, work together to reduce gun violence."

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