ELEVEN Kids Shot With Irresponsibly Stored Guns in the Week Leading to Mother’s Day

In the week leading to Mother’s Day, there were at least ELEVEN shooting incidents involving children with access to loaded and irresponsibly stored firearms.  Of those, FOUR resulted in a child’s death.  Four in just one week. The youngest fatality was a 3-year-old boy that shot himself with a gun found in the family SUV.  Another was a 4-year-old boy just days away from celebrating his 5th birthday.

Every single one of these shootings was the direct result of an adult’s choice to leave a loaded firearm unsecured.  Every single one of these shootings was 100% preventable.
#NotAnAccident #SafeStorageSavesLives

May 14 – Houston, TX
Two 9-year-olds were playing with a loaded 9mm gun when it discharged, striking one of the boys in the neck.  The boy’s family claims the gun was locked but the boys were able to break it.

May 13 – Goshen, IN
Two 15-year-olds were handling a gun, when one of the teens accidentally shot the other in the stomach.  The injured boy was airlifted and underwent surgery.  He’s expected to recover.

May 12 – Nashville, TN
A 3-year-old child was staying with a man and his wife when he found a loaded, unsecured gun in a bedroom and fired it, striking himself in the foot. 

May 12 – Starr, SC
A 3-year-old boy died Friday after shooting himself with a gun he found in his family’s SUV outside their home.

May 11 – East Chicago, IN
A 4-year-old boy, just days away from turning five, accidentally shot and killed himself early Thursday morning after finding a gun in his home.

May 10 – Barrow County, GA
A 9-year-old had gotten off the bus from school shortly before gaining access to a gun and fatally shooting himself with it.

May 10 – Taylorsville, NC
A 15-year-old boy picked up a 9 mm pistol, accidentally causing it to fire. The teen was struck in the abdomen.  Witnesses told deputies that a group of teenagers had three firearms, including the pistol, laying on a swivel stool.

May 9 – Pekin, IN
Several teens were playing with a gun in a barn when it discharged, shooting a 16-year-old in the head.

May 9 – Spark, NV
Several teens had a gun in a car when it discharged, shooting a 15-year-old in the leg.  They dropped him off at a home and left him there bleeding.  Police are investigating.

May 8 – Eunice, LA
A 12-year-old boy was playing with a handgun, unloaded the magazine but didn’t clear the bullet in the chamber and shot himself in the head.  He died later that night.

May 8 – Birmingham, AL
A 2-year-old boy was unintentionally shot in the hand.


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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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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