Kids, Guns, and Cars Are A Dangerous Combination

Responsible storage means storing guns responsibly at all times, whether they are in a home or in a vehicle. Leaving guns unsecured in cars not only greatly increases the chances of theft, it also greatly increases the chances of a child finding the gun and pulling the trigger.  So far this year, there have been 24 cases of a child shooting themselves or someone else in a car. 

Six of those shootings have occurred this month. Continue Reading

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN TENNESSEE? OVER THREE DAYS, THREE KIDS UNINTENTIONALLY SHOT THEMSELVES

From The Safe Tennessee Project:

Over a three day period, three Memphis children shot themselves with negligently stored firearms. On Friday, a 4-year-old little girl was home with two other other children and their father when she picked up a gun and unintentionally shot herself with it.  She was taken to the hospital in critical condition.  Just one day later on Saturday, a 4-year-old boy unintentionally shot himself.  He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died. Then, on Sunday, an 8-year-old boy found his father’s gun hidden under a pillow and shot himself with it.  He did not survive. Continue Reading

THE NATION’S SHAMEFUL PROBLEM WITH KIDS AND UNINTENTIONAL SHOOTINGS ISN’T GETTING BETTER

There are many things that are unique to the United States.  Unfortunately, one of them is the number of our children who are injured and killed when they find unsecured, loaded guns and fire them.  These shootings are #NotAccidents.  They are the direct result of an adult’s choice not to store their gun responsibly.  In the first week of July, there were fourteen shootings involving kids with access to negligently stored firearms.  Seven of the kids died.  The youngest was only 3-years-old.

There has been an uptick in incidents this year compared to 2016.  Although the number of fatalities remains close, the number of incidents and number of injuries have increased significantly.

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So far this year – January 1 to present —

Total incidents: 189*
Injuries: 125
Fatalities: 67

*Includes incidents where more than one child were injured or killed in single shooting incident.

The youngest shooter was a Nashville 1-year-old

106 of the shooters were 13 or younger

10 children shot a cousin or relative

1 child, a 2-year-old toddler, shot and injured his mother

28 children shot a sibling. 10 of those siblings died.

120 shootings occurred at the shooter’s home

12 shootings occurred at a friend’s home

14 shootings occurred in a vehicle

This summer in America – June 1 to present —

Total incidents: 48*
Injuries: 29
Fatalities: 21

*Includes incidents where more than one child were injured or killed in single shooting incident.

Nationally, there has been an uptick incidents this year compared to 2016.  Although the number of fatalities remains close, the number of incidents and number of injuries have increased significantly.

UPDATE: Another Terrible Month for Kids with Access to Unsecured Guns

*UPDATE: Another incident occurred on June 30th.  That brings total number of shootings in June to 34.  In the last week of June there were 14 shootings – 14 shootings in 7 days.

As June draws to a close, once again there were more kids shot as a result of negligently stored firearms (33) than there were days in the month.  This month also saw two incidents where a child unintentionally shot an adult, in one case killing the adult.

In the last week alone, there were at least 13 shootings that were the direct result of an adult’s careless choice to leave their firearm unsecured. Of those 13 shootings, three resulted in a fatality.  In one case, an 11-year-old in Montgomery, Alabama child was playing with a gun and unintentionally shot and injured a 16-year-old and killed a 9-year-old.  The 11-year-old has been charged with reckless murder and second-degree assault.  There have not been any charges filed against the adult gun owner.

13 shootings in 7 days.

These are not accidents.  They are fully preventable tragedies that are the direct result of adult negligence.  Every gun in a child’s hands must first pass through an adult’s.  The single most important responsibility of being a gun owner is keeping guns out of the hands of children.  Safe storage saves lives. 

JUNE 2017
KIDS WITH ACCESS TO UNSECURED GUNS BY THE NUMBERS:

 

Total incidents: 34

Children injured: 19

Children killed: 14

Adults injured: 1

Adults killed: 1

Children who shot themselves: 14

Children who shot a sibling: 7

Children who shot a friend: 9

Children who shot a cousin: 2

Shooters under age 13: 14

Shooters between ages 13-17: 16

Shooters between ages 1-3 (toddlers): 6

Youngest victim: 2-years-old (2 incidents, 1 fatality)

States with highest number of incidents: Ohio (4), Florida (3), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (3)

Data from the Children’s Firearm Safety Alliance (CFSA) database which uses news stories and police reports gathered by The Gun Violence Archive and news alerts.  More information on individual cases can be found in the searchable CFSA database.

NINE KIDS SHOT IN SEVEN DAYS WITH NEGLIGENTLY STORED FIREARMS

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.

#SafeStorageSavesLives     #NotAnAccident 

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.
http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/35717755/mpd-teen-accidentally-shoots-self-at-whitehaven-home

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
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2017/06/20/clinton-township-toddler-fatal-shooting/

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.
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/06/akron_boy_fatally_shot_while_p.html

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.
http://wnep.com/2017/06/18/troopers-4-year-old-boy-dead-after-accidentally-shooting-himself/

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.
http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/kcso-16-year-old-accidentally-shoots-cousin-while-looking-at-gun

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.
http://www.wftv.com/news/local/pre-teen-accidentally-shoots-self-in-eye-in-pine-hills-firefighters-say/535051826

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.
http://wspa.com/2017/06/16/gun-safety-urged-after-two-accidental-shootings-involving-children/

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.
http://www.wyff4.com/article/police-6-year-old-accidentally-shoots-kills-4-year-old-sister/10034779

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.
http://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/tulsa-teen-killed-in-accidental-shooting