Toddlers with guns accidentally injuring or killing a person are not isolated events, but rather a weekly occurrence, according to a new report by the Washington Post which found 43 cases where the little tykes shot another and even themselves this year alone.
In 2015, 18 toddlers inadvertently injured themselves with a firearm, 13 killed themselves, ten toddlers injured other people and two were shot dead. The combined instances resulted in roughly once a week this year a toddler firing off a gun and injuring or killing someone or themselves.
Accountability seems to go amiss here in these all too common “accidents.” As Washington Report bluntly reminds, “13 dead toddlers in 10 months is too many” but gun safety advocates react to the toddler shootings by calling for more responsible, albeit obvious, at-home practices — like locking away your gun and keeping weapons away from children (duh!).
Yet no amount of gun safety measures seems to solve the escalating problem of child gun violence. Guns in the home create a dangerous environment for children with more and more studies proving a gun in the home increases the likelihood of gun-related violence and death. Yet the National Rifle Association argues in bringing the deadly weapons closer to children — advocating for firearms to be carried in schools and churches.
Somehow solving America’s gun violence epidemic with more guns makes sense to the gun enthusiasts, but an increase in guns just means more weapons winding up in children’s hands.