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.
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.