Jonathan Martinez, The 8 year old Who Should Have Come Home from School

Jonathan Martinez, 8 years old, went to school this morning. A kid just like any of ours, he was expecting a routine school day with his teachers and friends.

Even though he didn’t shoot himself, this was a gun tragedy that was preventable and should not have happened. Jonathan’s shooter should not have had access to a handgun.

There was silence from the White House and the gun lobby today but we along with many other survivors and gun violence prevention advocates refuse to be quiet.  They are complicit.  We will fight back.

We are thinking of Jonathan’s family, classmates, staff and so many who will live with this trauma for the rest of their lives. We are thinking of his 9 year old classmate who is in serious condition after also being shot.  We are thinking of numerous other survivors who have to relive their gun violence every time there’s a little kid like Jonathan, who should have come from school today.

We promise Jonathan we will not stop doing everything we can – yelling and screaming – to prevent other little kids from this senseless murder.

Safer Kids – Powerful New PSA

Please watch and share this powerful new PSA from our partner, States United to Prevent Gun Violence.

Keeping guns secured and out of the hands of children is THE MOST important job of any gun owner. Far too many American kids are injured and killed because of an adult’s choice to leave a gun loaded and accessible. These shootings are not accidents. They are 100% fully preventable tragedies.

Kids will be kids – curious. Guns will be guns – dangerous.

So far this year?  2 kids killed and 3 kids injured in the first 4 days of 2017 —all by a kid pulling a trigger of a gun they found.

December 2016 = NINE KIDS Shot & Killed —by Other Kids

Today is December 22. So far this month, there have been 24 shootings involving kids under 18 with access to loaded guns. NINE have died – 4 of them were under the age of 5.


12/21/2016 – Little Rock, AR
Police say a 9-year-old and his 11-year-old brother were home alone. The older brother told police that the victim had found the gun in the house and started playing with it. The gun went off, shooting the child in the head. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his wounds.…/ark-9-year-old-dead-after-…/376696901

12/20/2016 – Coushatta, LA
A 8-year-old and 2-year-old were playing with a gun they found in a vehicle. The 8-year-old was injured in the abdomen.…/8-year-old-injured-in-accidental-shoo…

12/20/2016 – Cheshire Township, OH
A 13-year-old boy and 14-year-old boy were at one of the boys’ homes. They were playing with a gun. One of the boy’s unintentionally fired the gun that he believed to be empty. It struck the other boy in the back and left him in critical condition. It has not been reported which of the boys was the shooter and which was the victim. Reports indicate that the boys were related.…/Boy-13-accidentally-by-family-member-…

12/20/2016 – Miller County, AR
14-year-old Destin Wallace was playing at his friend’s house Monday night when the friend unintentionally shot him with a .22 caliber pistol, killing him. No other information has been made available.…/teen-in-critical-condition-… Continue Reading

Accidental Shooting Deaths, Injuries spike over the Holidays

As of December 21, 2016, 113 kids have been shot & killed and 174 kids have been injured —by other kids.  Unintentionally.  With an adult’s gun.

This is NOT the way to celebrate the holidays —or to destroy a family forever.

December 21, 2016 by the USA TODAY Network 

The happiest of seasons is also among the deadliest: Unintentional shootings spike in the U.S. during the holidays, and are more likely to occur than any other time of the year, according to an analysis by The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network.

In all, 32 people were killed nationwide and 59 injured over the past two years from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day, which the analysis identified as the most likely day for accidental shootings each year. The victims were mostly male and young, with a median age of 19. Nearly half the shootings were self-inflicted, and most occurred in their own homes.

The victims are people like Tezlar Wayne Ross, a 20-year-old from Gaffney, South Carolina, who killed himself while playing with a handgun at his home last New Year’s Eve. His girlfriend and two other friends witnessed the accident in Ross’ bedroom, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said. Alcohol was not involved.

“They were absolutely clowning around,” Fowler said. “And sometimes that innocent fun, especially with a gun, can get you in trouble. A weapon like that is not a toy.”

Several factors contribute to the increase:

—Children and teenagers are out of school for the holidays and have access to unsecured guns at their homes and those of relatives and friends.

—Adults are drinking alcohol and inattentive to gun safety or their children.

—New guns are given and received as gifts in the tens of thousands.

—It’s a popular time of year for hunting.

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