Between June 14th and June 21st, there were at least NINE shootings involving children with access to loaded guns. Of those nine shootings, five resulted in fatalities. The youngest victim was a 3-year-old who fatally shot himself.
Earlier this week, Pediatrics published a new study from the CDC on the number of children inured and killed each year by gunshots. According to the study, over 7,000 children each year are require medical attention after being shot – nearly 1300 children die and 5790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year.
While many of these injuries and fatalities are related to homicide or attempted homicide, many are related to suicides (which showed a 60% increase from 2007 to 2014) and unintentional shootings. The shooter playing with a gun was the most common circumstance surrounding unintentional firearm deaths of both younger and older children.
This is what a week of unintentional shootings involving kids with access to loaded, irresponsibly stored guns looks like. The shootings happen across the country, north, south, east, and west. They happen in rural, urban, and suburban areas, and to families of different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. They happen when toddlers pick up a gun and when older kids who know better pick up a gun. Sometimes the child shoots themselves and sometimes the child shoots someone else, often a sibling or family member. The only common denominator in all of them is an adult gun owner’s negligent and reckless decision to leave their firearm unsecured.
June 21, 2017 – Memphis, TN – 15-year-old injured
A 15-year-old unintentionally shot himself at a house to police. His condition is unknown.
June 20, 2017 – Clinton Township, MI – 3-year-old killed
The parents of a 3-year-old boy told investigators they were outside when they heard a loud bang and found the toddler with a gunshot wound. Police say it appears the boy — who’d been playing with some other children — found, picked up and himself fired the handgun
June 19, 2017 – Barberton, OH – 13-year-old killed
A 13-year-old boy died Monday after he shot himself in the head while playing with a gun. He was a friend’s house with other kids. Investigators have not said how the boys got the gun.
June 18, 2017 – Chestnuthill Township, PA – 4-year-old killed
A 4-year-old child gained access to a loaded gun and fatally shot himself in the head with it.
June 18, 2017 – Rosamond, CA – 16-year-old injured
A 16-year-old and his cousin were looking at a gun in Rosamond when it accidentally went off, striking the cousin of the 16-year-old.
June 17, 2017 – Orlando, FL – 11-year-old injured
An 11-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the eye at his home. He was taken to the hospital in grave condition.
June 16, 2017 – Union County, SC – Adult injured
A 13-year-old and 22-year-old were fishing on a pond. The sheriff says the boy dropped a gun and it shot the man, who was also taken to the hospital for treatment.
June 16, 2017 – Spartanburg, SC – 4-year-old killed
A 4-year-old girl was accidentally fatally wounded Friday by her 6-year-old sibling in Spartanburg, S.C. Officers who arrived at the scene said the victim’s 6-year-old sibling accidentally discharged a handgun and the bullet struck the 4-year-old.
June 14, 2017 – Tulsa, OK – 17-year-old killed
Three teens were hanging out in a garage and were handling a shotgun. According to the two survivors, the gun was placed on an appliance where it was knocked off, causing it to discharge, striking and killing one of the teens. No charges have been filed.