STOP KIDS SHOOTING KIDS

2016 was a terrible year for kids and guns.  Using data from the Gun Violence Archive, police reports, and news alerts. Last year, CFSA logged 318 incidents where a child under the age of 18 gained access to an unsecured firearm and pulled the trigger.  

317 incidents in 365 days.

36 in the month of December alone.

In 2016:

176 kids were injured and 121 kids were killed, an average of two per week.

63 shooters were toddlers, kids between the ages of 1 and 3.

163 children shot themselves with an unsecured gun.

63 were killed.

34 of the kids who fatally shot themselves were toddlers or preschoolers.

  • Six were 2-year-olds
  • 15 were 3-year-olds


85 children shot a friend.

45 of those friends died.

17 of the shooters were under the age of 13.

The youngest victim was 3-years-old.

 

28 children shot a sibling.

Eight of those siblings died.

20 of the shooters were under the age of 13.

Five of the shooters were toddlers.

The youngest victim was an 18-months old shot in the head by his 3-year-old brother.

 

Ten children shot a parent.

Three of those parents died.

Nine of the shooters were under the age of 13.

Four of the shooters were 2-year-olds.

 

The most common location for these incidents is the shooter’s home.

202 of these shootings occurred in the shooter’s home.

37 occurred at a friend’s house.

18 occurred in a car.

 

Children under the age of 13 are more likely to shoot themselves.

45 fatally shot themselves.

62 injured themselves.

52 shot someone else.

 

Children between the ages of 13 and 17 are more likely to shoot someone else.

17 fatally shot themselves.

38 injured themselves

69 shot someone else.

 

States with the highest number of child-involved shootings:

There were 27 incidents in Florida.

12 kids were killed.

The youngest fatality was a 4-year-old.

 

There were 27 incidents in Texas.

6 kids were killed.

The youngest fatalities were both 3-year-olds.

 

There were 23 incidents in Georgia.

11 kids were killed.

The youngest fatality was a 3-year-old.

 

There were 22 incidents in Tennessee.

Six kids were killed.

The youngest fatalities were both 3-year-olds.

 

Other states with high numbers:

Pennsylvania 18

Michigan 17

Louisiana 15

Ohio 13

These incidents happened in every US states but four:

Connecticut

Hawaii

Rhode Island

South Dakota

 

These shootings happen in rural and urban areas.

They affect families of all socio-economic backgrounds.

They affect families of all races.

 

But, there is one common denominator:

Kids with access to loaded, unsecured firearms.

 

Had enough?  Join us as we fight to raise awareness about the vital importance of responsible, safe storage of firearms.  Join us as we fight to hold adult gun owner’s responsible when their carelessness leads to the injury or death of a child.  Join us as we fight to protect our kids, not irresponsible gun owners.

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