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.
In September alone:
Children Killed: 3
Adults Killed: 1
Children Injured: 2
Three of the shooters were under the age of 5.
Four kids shot themselves.
One kid shot a sibling, while another shot an uncle.
September 28, 2017 – Parma, OH
A 4-year-old boy found a loaded gun in a family member’s car and shot himself in the head with it. He was transported to the hospital where he died. No word on charges.
September 22, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA
The 3-year-old nephew of an off-duty police officer found his uncle’s gun under the front passenger seat of an SUV and unintentionally shot and wounded another uncle in the vehicle. No one has been charged.
September 8, 2017 – Warrenton, VA
A 2-year old boy accidentally shot a 4-year-old girl after the children were left alone and unrestrained in a vehicle with an unsecured firearm. The parents initially said the girl had been bitten by a dog and drove away before later taking her to a hospital. The father was charged with three counts of felony child abuse and neglect, reckless handling of a firearm and allowing children to access a firearm. He is a felon and should not be in possession of a gun.
September 7, 2017 – Statesville, NC
A 10-year-old boy went outside to feed the family dog. While he was outside, he retrieved a pistol he knew was in the family car and shot himself in the head with it. His injuries were not life threatening. His mother was charged with misdemeanor failure to secure a firearm to protect a minor.
September 3, 2017 – Horn Lake, MS
A 9-year-old went out to a car to get something for a relative, found a gun under the driver’s seat, and accidentally shot himself in the chest. He did not survive. No charges will be filed.
September 2, 2017 – Tennessee
A 17-year-old boy unintentionally and fatally shot himself in a vehicle. Police report he died of a single gunshot from a semi-automatic handgun. The magazine had been removed but there was still a bullet in the chamber. No charges have been filed.