The Washington Post reports a shooting involving a toddler holding a gun has happened every single week during the year 2015 thus far in the United States.
Statistics show that so far in the year 2015 there have been 13 cases where a toddler accidentally killed him or herself with a gun. Statistics also showed that 10 toddlers injured someone else, 18 injured themselves, and 2 killed other people. Furthermore, the state of Missouri has had more shootings involving a toddler wielding a gun than any other state. The vast majority of the toddler involved shootings to happen in 2015 involved male toddlers wielding the gun.
It was in St. Louis in August of 2015 where the most recent fatal toddler involved shooting occurred. Police reports say a 21 month old toddler found a handgun in his grandmother’s home and accidentally fired it shooting himself in the torso. His mother took him to a local hospital and he was later pronounced dead.
Just a week before the St. Louis shooting there was a 2 year old in Alabama who accidentally fired a gun at his father’s head and killed him shortly after the mother had left for work.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there have been over 33,000 fatal shoots in the United States in the year 2015. It was determined that 505 of these shootings were unintentional and 43 of those 505 shootings were toddler involved. The CDC further reported that a little more than 60 percent of unintentional shootings in the United States this year were the result of a child under the age of 14 wielding a gun.
Data and studies suggest the common denominator in these shootings involve parents and/or guardians not securing their guns. In fact, Everytown released a report that in 2014 at least 2 million American children were living in a home with an unsecure gun. The report also went on to say that roughly 65 percent of these unintentional shootings could have been prevented if the gun had been secure.
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