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

Saturday, December 28, 2013

10 year old Memphis, Tennessee boy shoots his brother on Christmas Day

A Christmas Day "accidental" shooting resulted in the death of a 10 year old Tennessee boy. From an article:
A 10-year-old Memphis boy was killed when police say his own brother accidentally shot him on Christmas Day.
Jim Devine stood on his front porch Christmas Day, beside a "God So Loved" stop the violence sign. 
"This is really sad," he said. 
Across the street, he watched as police responded to the call that a 10-year-old boy was shot in a home full of people celebrating the holiday. 
"I'm sorry to hear it.  It's on Christmas Day and I wish he had enjoyed his Christmas," a neighbor said. (...) 
Police say the boys were in a bedroom playing with an unsecured gun. 
Investigators say an adult family member was in the room during the shooting, but didn't notice the children discovered the gun until it fired. 
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Friday, December 27, 2013

14 year old Texas boy wounded in accidental shooting

Another "accidental" or unintentional shooting has critically wounded a 14 year old Texas boy. The media first reported that the teen had died but he is allegedly wounded. From an article:
Several men were at a home at 3028 Hanger Avenue when a 24-year-old man pulled out a handgun. According to the man, he was unaware that the gun was loaded and shot the victim in the head, just above his left eye.

12 year old Washington boy accidentally shot by grandfather on Christmas Day

A Washington grandfather was wrestling with his grandson on Christmas day while wearing a holstered gun. The gun went off and shot his grandson in the leg. From an article:
The boy and his grandfather were roughhousing together in the living room of a home on the 14000 block of East Jacobs Road when a handgun in a concealed holster on the grandfather’s belt went off, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The bullet went through the boy’s right calf. 

2 month old Pennsylvania baby shot and killed accidentally

A 2 month old baby was shot and killed in Pennsylvania just before Christmas. From an article:
A two-month-old baby girl in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has been killed after a family member accidentally shot her dead on Christmas Even while handling a handgun. (...) 
The circumstances of the shooting are not clear and police did not say why anyone was handling a firearm in the same room as the infant. 
Babies should be safe in their homes from bullets.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

14 year old Colorado girl mistakenly shot by step father and dies of injuries

A Colorado teen is dead after her step-father said he mistook her for a burglar and he shot her dead outside of the home. From an article about the incident:
A 14-year-old girl mistaken for a burglar was fatally shot by her stepfather Monday at their residence in northeast Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs police said.
According to a statement from police spokesman Larry Herbert, the shooting happened just before 6 a.m. on the 4000 block of Ascendant Drive, off North Carefree Circle and Peterson Road.
"The initial call came in as a burglary-in-progress," Herbert said.
The girl was taken to an area hospital where she died of gunshot wounds.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Colorado teen dies of gunshot injuries in Arapahoe High School school shooting

Claire Davis, 17, died of the gunshot injuries she suffered one week ago in the Colorado school shooting:
The 17-year-old senior who was in a coma after being shot point-blank at a Colorado high school last week died Saturday with her family at her side, hospital officials said. 
Claire Esther Davis, a senior at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., was critically injured when student Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, entered the school building on Dec. 13 armed with a shotgun and Molotov cocktail bombs. (...) 
Authorities said Pierson's attack lasted just 80 seconds. Officials believe the teen was angry after losing his coveted spot on the debate team.
"His intent was evil and his evil intent was to harm multiple individuals," Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said last week.
Upon entering the school, Robinson said, Pierson fired one round down the hallway. He then shot Claire, who just happened to be sitting nearby with a friend as he headed toward the library. Claire suffered severe head trauma, which put her in a coma. 
Robinson said Claire was an innocent victim who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Claire was going to school that day and in the right place.

Arizona 3 year old finds gun and shoots himself

Another 3 year old is dead from gunshot wounds. This Arizona child found a gun in his house and shot himself in the face:
Police in Arizona say that a toddler accidentally shot himself in the face with his parent’s gun. The 3 year-old boy is dead.
Officer Philip Steele told KVOA  that the shooting occurred on Friday night at the family’s home in Sahuarita, south of Tucson. (...) According to Steele, the parents told investigators the firearm was inadvertently misplaced for a short time, which is when the child found it.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Friday, December 13, 2013

South Dakota toddler shot mom while trying to get gun away

In a different sort of scenario, a South Dakota mom tried to get a gun away from her toddler and was shot accidentally when the toddler pulled the trigger. She was injured in the leg and taken to the hospital. From an article:
A mom was accidentally shot in the leg trying to take a loaded revolver away from her toddler on Thursday, according to Rapid City police.
The 22-year-old mother discovered her 23-month-old son playing with an unsecured revolver around 9 p.m. in a home on East Custer Street, according to police spokeswoman Tarah Heupel.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

16 year old Indiana girl shot by young man showing guns to friends

A 16 year old Indiana girl is dead after a friend thought he had unloaded the gun he was showing to friends:
According to the affidavit, McDaniel was showing Peters and the two other men a shotgun and a handgun. Dajuan Williams, one of the men, told police that "McDaniel tried to get Aubrey to hold the gun, but she didn't want to."
At that point, Williams told police, McDaniel ejected the magazine from the gun, pointed the weapon at Peters, took the safety off and pulled the trigger.
McDaniel apparently thought the gun was empty, the affidavit said, but when he pulled the trigger, a round fired.
"Aubrey clutched her chest and said, 'What just happened?' " the affidavit said. Williams told police that while he attempted to help Peters, McDaniel gave the men a story to tell police.
"McDaniel then stated, 'The story is the gun fell off the table and went off,' " the affidavit said.
There are really no "accidental" shootings.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Indiana 3 year old finds parents gun and shoots and kills himself

Another toddler is dead from a gunshot injury that occurred when he found his parents' gun on a counter and shot and killed himself. From an article:
Police responded to the scene after 6 p.m. where they found the boy inside the home suffering from a gun shot wound to the head. The child was then rushed to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition and later died of his injuries.
Investigators have indicated that they believe the child accidentally shot himself in the head after he pulled the gun off a kitchen counter.
A neighbor to the family said "I've known they had guns; they've carried them in public on their side, they've got permits for them and I just thought they always were a little bit more responsible than that,"
The child lived in Indiana.

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

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Arkansas man shoots 4 month old and 4 year old grandchildren

An Arkansas man, angry over a domestic dispute, has shot his 4 month old and 4 year old grandchildren, himself and one other person. From an article:
New details are emerging in a triple homicide/suicide in which a man allegedly shot and killed two of his grandchildren and his daughter's boyfriend before turning the shotgun on himself. (...) 
Witnesses said they thought Adams fired a warning shot into the air, but had actually shot Williams, who later died. 
Adams' daughter ran outside and tried to keep him from shooting inside the car, but he ran around the other side of the car and shot 4-month-old Chastyn Williams. The only motive they have so far in these two killings is that Adams didn't like Michael Williams, and had even referred to him and the infant as "being demons," Sheriff Brown says.
Adams then shot his 4-year-old granddaughter, Kierra Adams, in the back after chasing her, her grandmother and another child out of a bedroom in which they had barricaded themselves.

Monday, December 2, 2013

5 year old New Hampshire boy shoots himself with gun belonging to parent

A 5 year old New Hampshire boy was "playing with a gun" at 2:30 a.m. and shot himself in the lower extremity. From an article:
The couple told officers the child was playing with a handgun, which belongs to Bishop.
The child was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the Elliot Hospital after the shooting was reported at 2:30 a.m. at 420 Spruce St., police said.
Police said the injuries were to the child's lower extremity.
Manchester police seized the .22-caliber handgun and said the incident is under investigation.
And further, the owner of the gun has issued an unusual public statement criticizing people who have made comments about the incident, stating that the incident was an "ACCIDENT".

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