STOP KIDS SHOOTING KIDS

2016 was a terrible year for kids and guns.  Using data from the Gun Violence Archive, police reports, and news alerts. Last year, CFSA logged 318 incidents where a child under the age of 18 gained access to an unsecured firearm and pulled the trigger.  

317 incidents in 365 days.

36 in the month of December alone.

In 2016:

176 kids were injured and 121 kids were killed, an average of two per week.

63 shooters were toddlers, kids between the ages of 1 and 3.

163 children shot themselves with an unsecured gun.

63 were killed.

34 of the kids who fatally shot themselves were toddlers or preschoolers.

  • Six were 2-year-olds
  • 15 were 3-year-olds

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Safer Kids – Powerful New PSA

Please watch and share this powerful new PSA from our partner, States United to Prevent Gun Violence.

Keeping guns secured and out of the hands of children is THE MOST important job of any gun owner. Far too many American kids are injured and killed because of an adult’s choice to leave a gun loaded and accessible. These shootings are not accidents. They are 100% fully preventable tragedies.

Kids will be kids – curious. Guns will be guns – dangerous.

So far this year?  2 kids killed and 3 kids injured in the first 4 days of 2017 —all by a kid pulling a trigger of a gun they found.

With 2016 over, a toddler has now shot a person every week in the US for two years straight

January 1, 2017 – Reprinted from The Press Union

At the end of 2015, one of the big news stories summing up the events of the prior year was a piece by the Washington Post. This report highlighted the unbelievable but true fact that for every week in 2015, a toddler was responsible for shooting either themselves or another human being in the US – in some cases, fatally.

Now that 2016 is done and dusted, we can officially confirm that the concerning trend continued last year. That means, for the past 104 weeks, there has been at least one toddler somewhere in the US firing a gun and hitting themselves or another person.

In fact, the situation is getting worse: the rate of toddler shootings in 2016 was up 6% year on year, an alarming result given a continued focus on gun control in the United States.

By October 2016, there had already been 51 shootings committed by toddlers – up from 47 at the same time in 2015.

Tragically, there has been an increase in the number of fatalities as a result of toddler shooting as well. Up to October 2016, 16 of the 39 toddlers who shot themselves died from their wounds.

The data also shows that toddlers are shooting more other people, too. At last count, there had been 12 incidents involving toddlers shooting other people in 2016, although the final number is expected to be higher once all the data comes in.

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December 2016 = NINE KIDS Shot & Killed —by Other Kids

Today is December 22. So far this month, there have been 24 shootings involving kids under 18 with access to loaded guns. NINE have died – 4 of them were under the age of 5.

22 DAYS OF DECEMBER = 24 SHOOTINGS – 9 CHILDREN KILLED

12/21/2016 – Little Rock, AR
FATALITY
Police say a 9-year-old and his 11-year-old brother were home alone. The older brother told police that the victim had found the gun in the house and started playing with it. The gun went off, shooting the child in the head. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his wounds.
http://www.thv11.com/…/ark-9-year-old-dead-after-…/376696901

12/20/2016 – Coushatta, LA
INJURY
A 8-year-old and 2-year-old were playing with a gun they found in a vehicle. The 8-year-old was injured in the abdomen.
http://www.ksla.com/…/8-year-old-injured-in-accidental-shoo…

12/20/2016 – Cheshire Township, OH
INJURY
A 13-year-old boy and 14-year-old boy were at one of the boys’ homes. They were playing with a gun. One of the boy’s unintentionally fired the gun that he believed to be empty. It struck the other boy in the back and left him in critical condition. It has not been reported which of the boys was the shooter and which was the victim. Reports indicate that the boys were related.
http://www.wsaz.com/…/Boy-13-accidentally-by-family-member-…

12/20/2016 – Miller County, AR
FATALITY
14-year-old Destin Wallace was playing at his friend’s house Monday night when the friend unintentionally shot him with a .22 caliber pistol, killing him. No other information has been made available.
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Accidental Shooting Deaths, Injuries spike over the Holidays

As of December 21, 2016, 113 kids have been shot & killed and 174 kids have been injured —by other kids.  Unintentionally.  With an adult’s gun.

This is NOT the way to celebrate the holidays —or to destroy a family forever.

December 21, 2016 by the USA TODAY Network 

The happiest of seasons is also among the deadliest: Unintentional shootings spike in the U.S. during the holidays, and are more likely to occur than any other time of the year, according to an analysis by The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network.

In all, 32 people were killed nationwide and 59 injured over the past two years from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day, which the analysis identified as the most likely day for accidental shootings each year. The victims were mostly male and young, with a median age of 19. Nearly half the shootings were self-inflicted, and most occurred in their own homes.

The victims are people like Tezlar Wayne Ross, a 20-year-old from Gaffney, South Carolina, who killed himself while playing with a handgun at his home last New Year’s Eve. His girlfriend and two other friends witnessed the accident in Ross’ bedroom, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said. Alcohol was not involved.

“They were absolutely clowning around,” Fowler said. “And sometimes that innocent fun, especially with a gun, can get you in trouble. A weapon like that is not a toy.”

Several factors contribute to the increase:

—Children and teenagers are out of school for the holidays and have access to unsecured guns at their homes and those of relatives and friends.

—Adults are drinking alcohol and inattentive to gun safety or their children.

—New guns are given and received as gifts in the tens of thousands.

—It’s a popular time of year for hunting.

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