Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Young teen girl shot by friend while playing with gun at home in Missouri

A Lee's Summit, Missouri, teenage girl was visiting the home of her friend when the girls played with a gun there.  The gun went off, injuring one of the girls.  At least one adult was home at the time.  The girl underwent surgery for the injury.

(article and news footage)

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of a child.

UPDATE (2/13/12): The girl's condition has improved.  From a follow-up article:
“There is nothing really sinister at all,” Depue said. “It is just a tragic accident, carelessness.”
The girl was with a friend. In that friend’s home was a “medium-caliber handgun,” Depue said.
Depue said the victim’s friend fired a single shot, possibly not knowing that the gun was loaded. A parent was in the home at the time. Police would not say where the victim, who is thought to be in the eighth grade, was wounded.
Friends told The Star that the victim is a fun-loving, always smiling girl who loves sports, particularly soccer and track.
“We are so worried about her,” said Savannah Pottinger, 14. “She is a great friend and everybody really likes her.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/11/3424100/classmates-rally-for-girl-shot.html#storylink=cpy

UPDATE (2/18/12): From a follow-up article: he 9mm handgun belonged to the owner of the home.  The girl was shot in the head.

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