Jonathan Martinez, The 8 year old Who Should Have Come Home from School

Jonathan Martinez, 8 years old, went to school this morning. A kid just like any of ours, he was expecting a routine school day with his teachers and friends.

Even though he didn’t shoot himself, this was a gun tragedy that was preventable and should not have happened. Jonathan’s shooter should not have had access to a handgun.

There was silence from the White House and the gun lobby today but we along with many other survivors and gun violence prevention advocates refuse to be quiet.  They are complicit.  We will fight back.

We are thinking of Jonathan’s family, classmates, staff and so many who will live with this trauma for the rest of their lives. We are thinking of his 9 year old classmate who is in serious condition after also being shot.  We are thinking of numerous other survivors who have to relive their gun violence every time there’s a little kid like Jonathan, who should have come from school today.

We promise Jonathan we will not stop doing everything we can – yelling and screaming – to prevent other little kids from this senseless murder.


In the past week, there were AT LEAST 10 incidents of a child picking up a loaded, unsecured gun and shooting themselves or someone else with it.

3 children were killed.  The youngest was two-years-old.
8 of the shooters were under the age of ten.  2 of the shooters were two-year-olds.
7 of the victims shot themselves.  3 shot a sibling.
9 of the shootings occurred in or around the victim’s home.  1 occurred in a school parking lot.
4 of the shootings happened over one weekend.

So far this year, there have been AT LEAST 68 incidents where a child pulled the trigger of an irresponsibly stored gun, leading to the death of 23 children.

Last week —

March 25, 2017 – Columbia, SC – A four-year-old boy found a loaded, unsecured gun in his home and shot himself with it.  The child was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery.  No word on his condition.

March 25, 2017 – Detroit, MI – A nine-year-old boy was looking in his mother’s purse for snacks when he found a loaded gun and shot himself in the hand.  Two other children were in the home at the time.

March 25, 2017 – High Point, NC – A two-year-old died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head in what authorities report is an accidental shooting.

March 24, 2017 – Richmond County, GA – A six-year-old little girl was left unattended inside the house while her father was outside the home with friends.  She found his loaded .357 magnum revolver and shot herself with it.

March 21, 2017 – Cana, VA – A nine-year-old girl was shot through the arm when another child was cleaning a loaded 9mm gun.  Neighbors report that they had called authorities multiple times to report children in the yard playing with guns.

March 21, 2017 – Mount Olivet, KY – A four-year-old found his uncle’s loaded gun in a truck, and pulled the trigger killing himself.  The uncle is a police officer.

March 20, 2017 – Detroit, MI – A fourteen-year-old was unintentionally shot by his ten-year-old brother as the two were playing with multiple gun at their grandparent’s home.  At least one of the guns, a shotgun, was loaded.  The fourteen-year-old was shot in the abdomen.  He was hospitalized and underwent surgery.  No word on his current condition.

March 20, 2017 – Deltona, FL – A three-year-old boy found a .380-caliber Glock pistol in the truck of a woman supervising him and pulled the trigger.  The bullet lodged in the side door. Fortunately, no one was injured.  The shooting took place in a church school’s parking lot.

March 20, 2017 – Phoenix, AZ – A nine-year-old boy was shot and killed by his two-year-old sibling.  told police she had placed the 9mm handgun, which was unholstered and loaded, on the master bed, next to her 2- and 4-year-old sons. The mother said the 2-year-old picked up the gun and fired it, striking the 9-year-old as he played video games a few feet away.  The woman told police the gun was not equipped with an external safety, and that on several occasions she had allowed the 2-year-old to practice pulling the trigger when the gun was unloaded.

March 19, 2017 – Baton Rouge, LA – A five-year-old little girl unintentionally shot herself.  Her condition is unknown.  Law enforcement said they were unsure whether or not any charges would be filed.


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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