At 7:30 am on Sunday morning, police in Deer Creek, Minnesota received a phone call that a 5-year-old child had accidentally shot a 3-year-old. The toddler was rushed to the hospital and police say they are stable as of now (names and genders have not been released). Hooray. The child didn’t die, they only got to learn what it’s like when their caregivers give zero fucks about their safety. It’s a terrible lesson to learn but sadly those two weren’t the only ones to learn it over the weekend.
A few hours after the toddler in Minnesota was shot, police in Mountain Brook, Alabama were dispatched to a car crash. In one of the cars involved in the accident, officers found a six-year-old with a gunshot wound. According to CBS 42, the child was shot by a sibling and was on the way to the hospital when the car she was in crashed. Birmingham Police confirmed that she was shot in the shoulder and in stable condition at the hospital.
Every year in American more than 1,300 kids die from gunshot wounds, another estimated 5,700 are injured. Of those cases, about 21% are what the police call “unintentional” shootings. This means a dumbass adult left their firearm out and a child got their hands on it, injuring themselves or someone else. Or in some cases, a dumbass adult doesn’t know how to properly handle their gun and injures a child. According to a CNN report:
Based on the findings, the data suggest that about 19 children a day die from or are medically treated in an emergency room for a gunshot wound. Previously, it was estimated that on average 16 children a day are hospitalized due to firearm injuries in the US, according to research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco in May. Of 23 high-income countries, 91% of children killed by firearms in 2010 were from the US, according to a study published in The American Journal of Medicine last year.
Republicans and the National Rifle Association would have you believe that your kids are safer with guns in your home. That you are a superhero when you have a gun, but that just isn’t true. Our kids are dying and being injured every single day and it is our fault. We refuse to make them safer because we believe the propaganda put out by a bunch of people who want to cash in on our fears.