Children were killed more than once a week last year under similarly tragic circumstances – a loaded gun and an adult’s attention lapse – presenting prosecutors with a vexing question: Who is to blame, and how should that person be punished?
At least 73 juveniles under age 12 were killed last year, roughly the same pace as the previous five years. What happened next varied widely. Continue Reading
In the 30 days of June 2018, there were 29 shootings involving children with access to negligently stored firearms, resulting in the deaths of 10 children. Nineteen children and one adult were injured when a child unintentionally shot them with a gun left accessible.
- Thirteen of the shooters were under the age of 13. Five were toddlers.
- Thirteen children shot themselves. Ten shot a friend. Five shot a sibling or other family member. One shot a neighbor.
- Nineteen incidents occurred in the victim’s home. Four occurred at a friend’s home. Three occurred in a vehicle. Three occurred in outdoors, in a public place, or an undisclosed location.
- Louisiana and Tennessee saw the most incidents, six in Louisiana and three in Tennessee.
- There were multiple shootings some days in June. One June 1st alone, there were five separate incidents. Of those five shootings, three were in Louisiana.
- Based on the reporting at the time of the incidents, charges were brought or pending in only 11 of the 29 shooting incidents. In five of the 11 cases where charges were filed or pending, the child shooter was the individual charged, Of the children charged, all were between the ages of 13 and 14.
*UPDATE: since publishing this post yesterday, another fatal unintentional shooting has been reported. The numbers below have been updated.
In the first seven days of June, there have been 15 shootings resulting in 11 injuries and five deaths. All involved minor children with access to loaded firearms. Shootings involving kids and negligently-stored firearms generally spike in the summer months, however the number of incidents already this month, an average of 2 per day, is notable.
- The youngest victim was a 2-year-old fatally shot by a 13-year-old sibling.
- Four children shot themselves, one died.
- Three shot a sibling, one died.
- Eight shot a friend, three died.
- Six of the shooters were under the age of 13.
- One one day, June 1st, there were five separate shooting incidents.
- Three incidents occurred in Louisiana, all on June 1st.
Every year in America, hundreds of children pick up an irresponsibly stored firearm and pull the trigger. These shootings are not accidents. They are preventable tragedies. They are the direct result of an adult gun owner’s negligence and irresponsibility. Below is a summary of the Children’s Firearm Safety Alliance report of 2017 incidents. You can download the full report here.
2017 INCIDENT SUMMARY
JANUARY 1, 2017 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2017
133 children killed
215 children injured
5 adults killed
11 adults injured
OFTEN, CHILDREN UNINTENTIONALLY SHOOT THEMSELVES:
105 children unintentionally shot and injured themselves
67 children unintentionally shot and killed themselves
BUT, IN MANY CASES, CHILDREN UNINTENTIONALLY SHOOT SOMEONE ELSE:
85 children unintentionally shot and injured another child
51 children unintentionally shot and killed another child
11 children unintentionally shot and injured an adult
5 children unintentionally shot and killed an adult
4 children unintentionally shot and injured themselves and another child
2 children unintentionally shot one child and killed another child
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According to a recent analysis published in the Journal of Urban Health, an estimated 4.6 million American children reside in a household where at least one gun is kept loaded and unlocked, an estimate that is more than twice as high as estimates reported in 2002, the last time a nationally representative survey assessed firearm storage practices.
Kids find guns and unintentionally shoot themselves or others with alarming regularity. Unsecured firearms are a also leading means of youth suicide. And, children often use guns from home to commit school shootings. It is estimated that as many as sixty five percent of school shooters use a gun owned by a relative. Continue Reading