MIDWEST CITY — Police today released the name of a 15-year-old male shot to death after breaking into a woman's home early Thursday. They also released the name of the juvenile wounded by the woman's gunfire and the name of a third teen who police said acted as a lookout during the home invasion.
The next time someone goes on about the numbers of children killed by firearms, keep in mind the following:
- Only in the age range of 15-24 does homicide via firearm come close to be a leading cause of death among Children®. Unintentional accidents is the leading cause of death in that age range with approx. 1/3 of those accidents being firearm related.
- The age range of 14-25 are the peak ages for criminal activity.
The overlap of those two age ranges is no coincidence. Dying at the business end of a gun is directly correlated with engaging in criminal activity, be it gang affiliation, illicit drug trade, or theft.
So while there are some innocent children who get caught in the crossfire of criminals (See: Chicago on any warm weekend), we can't ignore the fact that a lot of The Children® are criminals themselves, engaged in criminal activity, and rightfully shot.
Or as Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said:
“It is very disheartening that adolescents make decisions to commit crimes, especially this scenario where our defendants are habitual offenders and their actions lead to a death.”