The Problem: Firearms are the second leading cause of injury and deaths in the United States accounting for 30,896 deaths and 71,417 injuries in 2006. Over 80 percent of teen homicides and almost half of teen suicides in involved a gun in 2005. CDC: WISQUARS. Overall, more than half of all homicides involve a gun. US Department of Justice: Crime Statistics.
The Problem: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, inexperienced drivers are a significant public health problem. Motor vehicle accidents is the leading cause of death of young adults between age 15 and 20. CDC. Teen Drivers: Fact Sheet.