8. A Toddler Shoots Someone Every Week in the United States
After the Washington Post ran a story about a two-year-old in South Carolina who shot his grandmother, a few of their researchers did some number crunching and came to the shocking realization that, in the U.S., toddlers shoot about one person a week on average.
In their analysis, a toddler is defined as a child of three years or younger. They also included incidents in which the toddler shot themselves. The data showed that by October 14, 2015, toddlers had already shot and killed two people, injured 10 others, and shot themselves 18 times. Additionally, there were 13 instances of toddlers fatally shooting themselves.
Some of the other geographic trends that the researchers noticed were that Missouri is the toddler-shooting capital of the U.S. followed closely by Florida, and that New England and the Upper Midwest states have considerably fewer toddler shootings. Admittedly, the data set is likely too small to draw any formal conclusions, but these are still some pretty frightening statistics.
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7. Poor People Are More Likely to be Killed in a Car Accident
Even though the total number of traffic accidents has been in decline, for one specific demographic the situation actually seems to be getting worse. It seems that people with little education and low incomes are much more likely to die in a car crash than anyone else.
According to research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, people without a high school diploma are 4.3 times more likely to die in a car accident than someone with at least a college level education. However, this doesn’t indicate that less educated people are bad drivers, it just points to the fact that, more often than not, they’re forced to live in environments where their safety is less assured. Generally, less educated people make less money, therefore the cars they drive tend to be older and have lower crash test ratings. Furthermore, the areas they live in are typically less safe with more dangerous roads and far fewer hospitals than other affluent districts. When all these factors combine, it makes the situation for poor people a lot more perilous than many people realize.
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