Published On: Fri, Oct 14th, 2016

New Research Shows in America One Child is ‘Accidentally’ Shot Per Day

New Research Shows in America One Child is ‘Accidentally’ Shot Per Day

Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | Media Spokesperson, HEALTH MAX Group

The Associated Press and USA Today have joined forces to compile data on accidental shootings of children from the Gun Violence Archive (GVA) website, and found that on average one child is shot to death everyday somewhere in America.

For half a year, AP and USA Today reviewed the circumstances of gun-involved child deaths from January 2014 until June of 2016. More than one thousand instances of accidental shootings of children under the age of 17 were found which shows that federal government statistics of gun-related childhood deaths is inaccurate.

For example, in states like Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi ranked with six other states as having the highest rates of accidental shootings per capita. In fact, Southern states in general had the most accidental shootings happen in the home.

These 100% preventable deaths represent the negligence of gun owners when it comes to properly locking up their firearms. The problem is widespread.

Of those accidental shootings, sixty-two children were killed and ninety-four were injured. Ninety-one involved a handgun, 10 involved a rifle, and seven involved a shotgun. Surprisingly, a total of 61 incidents used a type of gun that could not be identified.

The city of Baton Rouge had the most incidents of shootings involving children as young as five; however the majority of accidental deaths were perpetrated by 15 to 17 year olds.

Across the state of Arizona a total of 19 accidental shootings resulted in the deaths of three children, with another 14 injured.

GVA shows that there is an incredible frequency with which children in America either shoot themselves, other children or adults in the vicinity is disturbing.

According to the website, that between September 1st of 2014 and September 1st of 2016, one hundred and two children died and an additional one hundred and ninety-eight where injured in at least 300 gun-related incidents where the shooter was younger than thirteen years old.

Thanks to neglectful gun owners, their children die or are injured because a gun is accessible from a dresser drawer, the backseat of the family vehicle or grandma’s purse.

This unnecessary gun-violence will continue because there is no federal law requiring gun owners to store weapons in a safe place. These types of restrictive laws are the responsibility of the state to enact and enforce. So far only fourteen states have laws on the books regarding gun storage and/or prohibitions for parents who leave their guns in inappropriate places where children can easily obtain them.

However, of those 14 states only Florida, California, Massachusetts and Connecticut allow parents to be criminally prosecuted.

Other laws leave that discretion to the parent. For example, in Tennessee parents can give their child a gun as long as they believe that child poses no significant risk of using that weapon to commit a felony.

year after year, toddlers somehow gain access to a semiautomatic handgun and either kill themselves or others.

In Florida, Jamie Gilt, a social media gun enthusiast, was shot in the back by her 4 year old son while she was driving her pickup truck.

Gilt’s son got ahold of his mother’s .45 caliber handgun and fired off from the backseat.

When Putnam County police arrived at the scene, Gilt had parked in the travel lane on Highway 20. The bullet had passed through Gilt’s torso.

For some reason Gilt’s toddler was not wearing his seat buckle when the cops found them.

The ironic part of the story is that Gilt had posted on Facebook the previous night about how her “4-year-old gets jacked up to target shoot the .22” after she received criticism over her claims that a gun in the house is better than calling 911.

Gilt is also known as “Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense” on Facebook where she promotes guns and everything about them.

And then a month before this incident, a California woman called 911 after she daughter fired a loaded gun at her head. The child was taken to the hospital and was reported to be in critical condition.

The twist in this case is that law enforcement are waiting to find out where the gun went because neither the detectives, nor the adults in the home have been able to locate the firearm.

And in South Carolina, a toddler shot his grandmother while riding in the passenger seat of a car.

But then there was the 21 month old baby who shot himself with grandma’s loaded gun in St. Louis. That boy died from a wound to the torso.

Michigan was the scene of a 3 year old boy who had his father’s gun which was not locked up but stowed away in the closet. This child shot himself in the head and died while his father and other brother played outside.

In Alabama a father was killed by his toddler shooting him, and in Ohio a 1 year old infant died at the hand of a gun.

And in New Mexico, one 3 year old was able to shoot both parents with one bullet.

These tragic situations happen more often than the National Rifle Association (NRA) or gun enthusiasts would like the general public to believe.

In fact, as of 2015, 13 toddlers have killed themselves; while 18 injured themselves, and 10 injured other people. Two of them actually killed the other person.

To make matters worse, every week last year a child died, shot someone, or killed another person from gaining access to their parent’s gun.

Guns are attractive to boys which explains why they wound or kill more people. Of 43 incidents, 13 of them resulted in fatal self-inflicted wounds.

Some states are more prone to having these kinds of incidents.

Texas, Florida, Utah, Michigan and Wisconsin have the most cases of toddlers shooting themselves or others. And while there are instances when a toddler is shot by another child or adult, preschool aged kids are involved in homicides – and that number is growing .

Susanne Posel

Susanne Posel

Chief Editor | Investigative Journalist