World Bulletin / News Desk
The toll of school shootings in the US is well-documented but a new report has revealed the staggering scale of accidental shootings, killing 100 children a year.
It is claimed that two children are killed on average every week, mostly in the family home or a car belonging to a relative.
Many tragedies that took place last year were due to simple safetly failures with youngsters being able to access unsecured weapons.
On Christmas Day a two-year-old boy shot himself in the chest after picking up the handgun his father had left on the lounge table and another boy, aged 11, was shot in the neck as he tried to take a gun away from his toddler siblings.
Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said the majority of deaths could have been prevented.
“When a child dies or is injured because a gun is left unsecured in a home, it’s not an accident,” she added.
“Now that school’s out for summer, more children will be playing at home throughout the next few months, making it even more important for gun owners to safely store their guns at home.”
According to the report, “Innocents Lost: A Year of Unintentional Child Gun Deaths” 43 per cent of a one third of American children that live in homes with firearms contain at least one that is unsecured.
Which makes two million children in homes with unsecured guns, of which 1.7 million also have them loaded.
The research found that while 12 to 14-year-olds were most likely to be accidentally shot by a peer, toddlers from the age of two to four were at the highest risk of unintentionally shooting themselves.
Ava Frisinger’s nephew was shot dead accidentally by another child.
She said: “Sadly we see almost twice a week how dangerous the consequences can be. We need to do more to keep kids away from unsecured firearms.”
The groups called for tighter laws allowing gunowners to be criminally charged for the children accessing their firearm.
John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety said: “Sensible measures that will deter irresponsible gun storage respect the rights of lawful gun owners while also protecting our kids from danger.”Last Mod: 26 Haziran 2014, 13:20