With mass shootings (shootings where four or more people are injured by gunfire) occurring, seemingly, every other day, gun control is a hot topic in our society these days. With each shooting (a lot happening on college campuses, lately), the questions of who should have access to guns and how gun sales should be regulated become more and more relevant. However, a recent report by the Washington Post highlights a much more disturbing statistic concerning precious, innocent toddlers. On average, toddlers are getting their hands on guns and shooting themselves or someone else every week this year, on average.
According to research, there have been 43 reported cases of little ones under four-years-old clapping somebody, which translates to one of these instances happening every week. In three out of four cases, the toddlers have shot themselves, 42% of these incidents ending with the child’s death. Adults were killed in two of the incidents. RT reports:
Overall, 13 toddlers have killed themselves, 18 have injured themselves, 10 injured other people and two killed others. Of the 43 gun-toting tykes, 30 were three-year-olds, 12 were two-year-olds, and one was only one year old.
The Post puts the tyke shootings in geographical perspective:
Shootings by toddlers have happened in 24 states so far this year. Missouri has seen the most, with five separate incidents. Florida has had four. Texas, three.
If you are a gun owner, it would behoove you to either lock your strap up or put it high up and out of reach, especially if you have small children in your home. They are curious and ignorant to the mechanics and dangers of firing a gun. Being more cautious with your guns could prevent the next innocent child from hurting themselves or someone else.