WISQARS data for 1996 shows 2,457 firearm homicides for those age 15 - 19.*
To this, Gun Control Advocates would be decrying the excessive violence and shaking their fists at guns and beating their breasts in sorrow.
"2,457 young people are dead because of guns!" they'd wail. "Shame upon our lawless society! Cursed be guns and those who dally with them!"
WISQARS data also shows the population of those age 15 - 19 in 1996: 18,920,160
2,457 is 0.013% of 18,920,160.
In 1996, the total U.S. population was 265,189,794.
2,457 is 0.00093% of 265,789,794.
No no no.
That simply won't do.
2,457 is a much better number to use than 0.013% or 0.00093%
It's a bigger number, you see.
Better to say
In 1996, 2,457 young people between the ages of 15 and 19 died due to firearm violencerather than
In 1996, 0.00093% of the total U.S. population died due to firearm violence.See?
*if the link isn't working, the data also available as an Excel spreadsheet here