August has been another terrible month for children shooting themselves or other people with negligently stored firearms. In 28 days, there have been 33 shootings resulting in the deaths of 13 children and one adult. 18 children and one adult have been injured.
Four shootings happened on Friday.
Four in a single day.
Early Friday morning, an 11-year-old was looking for medication in a drawer in his home when he found a pistol. As the child was holding the gun, “It went off” striking him in the hand. He was taken to the hospital. No charges have been filed.
There have been eight of these incidents so far this year in Alabama.
Just before noon, a 14-year-old was home alone and heard a knock on the door around noon. He grabbed a handgun and unintentionally shot himself in the leg with it. No charges have been filed. The boy’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
There have been 12 of these incidents so far this year in Missouri.
Around 4:30pm, a 17-year-old boy unintentionally shot himself in the leg inside his home. He was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. No charges have been filed.
There have been 13 of these incidents so far this year in Georgia.
Around 8:30pm a toddler picked up a loaded gun and shot a man in the back with it. After the man was taken to the hospital, deputies searched the home and found a gun, marijuana and heroin belonging to another resident. The gun’s owner was arrested and charged with heroin trafficking, marijuana distribution and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. This was the second time in a week that a young child unintentionally shot an adult with an unsecured, loaded gun.
There have been 18 of these incidents so far this year in Florida.
Tennessee, where three young children shot themselves with negligently stored guns last weekend, currently leads the nation with 20 of these shootings so far in 2017.
EVERY ONE OF THESE INCIDENTS WAS 100% PREVENTABLE.
Gun violence is complicated. Keeping guns out of the hands of children is not. Store guns responsibly. #SafeStorageSavesLives