One of the most distressing aspects about gun violence in 2015 was that toddlers killed more people in the United States than terrorists.
For the first four months of 2016, the numbers only seem to be getting worse.
After a 2-year-old boy fatally shot his mother in Milwaukee from the back seat of the car as she drove along a highway, the nation is yet again debating over children’s easy access to firearms and adults owning them in the first place.
The Washington Post reports gun-related incidents or deaths from toddlers shooting a weapon happen at an average of more than one incident per week. Since January, at least 23 toddler-involved shootings have been reported. During the same period, 18 such incidents were recorded last year.
Just in the last week of April, the paper notes, there were seven shootings involving children 1-3 years of age behind the trigger.
As if the Post’s tally isn’t damning enough, pro-gun control “Everytown Demands Gun Safety” has far more alarming numbers. There have been at least 77 unintentional shootings involving children so far, resulting in 36 deaths and 41 injuries, according to the group’s research.
The worst is that despite the issue of firearms being under debate since the Sandy Hook tragedy, Congress has not passed a single piece of gun control legislation, as the Huffington Post reported in December. No wonder President Barack Obama has called gun control the biggest frustration of his two terms in office.