Whose Fault Is It?
The US has seen at least 23 toddler-involved shootings since January 1 of this year, a jump from the 18 incidents over the same period last year.
It’s Not The Gun’s Fault, It’s Not The Toddler’s Fault . . . Parents, Where Are You?
As the Obama administration pushes for tighter and tighter gun control measures, gun sales continue to skyrocket. During 2015 alone Americans purchased over 20,000,000 guns, as month after month the previous gun sales record was exceeded.
Were the people of the United States starting from scratch, last year’s purchases alone would be enough to put them at number five in the non-per-capita world rankings. By the time the next president is elected, the U.S. will be home to almost as many firearms as the next three nations combined.
However, in spite of the meteoric increase in gun ownership, and in sharp contrast to all we hear from the media, gun deaths have been declining steadily for almost 20 years. Unfortunately, there is one group for which gun deaths have increased dramatically . . . American Toddlers.
Last year, a Washington Post analysis found that toddlers were finding guns and shooting people at a rate of about one a week. This year, that pace has accelerated. There have been at least 23 toddler-involved shootings since Jan. 1, compared with 18 over the same period last year. According to the Washington Post:
In the vast majority of cases, the children accidentally shoot themselves. That’s happened 18 times this year, and in nine of those cases the children died of their wounds.
Toddlers have shot other people five times this year. Two of those cases were fatal: this week’s incident in Milwaukee, and that of a 3-year-old Alabama boy who fatally shot his 9-year-old brother in February.
In the vast majority of cases, the children accidentally shot themselves. That has happened 18 times this year, and in nine of those cases, the children died of their wounds. Last year, a Post analysis found that toddlers were finding guns and shooting people at a rate of about one a week. This year, that pace has accelerated, the report added.
One might think that toddler shootings are simply a function of population-the more people who live in an area, the more are toddlers likely to shoot someone. But that does not appear to be the case. California and New York are two high-population states that have seen only three toddler shootings between them since 2015, the report said. And Illinois, home to infamously high rates of gun violence in Chicago, has not seen a single toddler shooting since 2015.This suggests that other factors may be at play in the states that see disproportionately high numbers of shootings by toddlers. Missouri and Georgia, for instance, have fairly lax laws regulating how guns are stored to prevent child access. On the other hand, New York has no such child access laws in place, yet only one toddler has shot someone there since 2015.”
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sources: nationalreview, washingtonpost, photos: youtube