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.