Seriously, when is this going to stop?
According to the Washington Post, there’s a new study that says more and more toddlers have access to guns than ever before. In fact, people are getting shot by a toddler on a weekly basis in this country.
It absolutely blows my mind that the year is 2015 and that I can write that sentence as a fact.
Here’s what Christopher Ingraham writes:
The stories go on and on like this: Roughly once a week this year, on average, a small child has found a gun, pointed it at himself or someone else, and pulled the trigger. Boys are disproportionately likely to do this: I could find only three cases where a girl under the age of 4 wounded someone with a gun. In 13 of the 43 total incidents, a child’s self-inflicted injuries were fatal. In two other cases, another person died after being shot by a toddler: a father in Alabama, and a 1-year-old in Ohio.
Shootings by toddlers have happened in 24 states so far this year. Missouri has seen the most, with five separate incidents. Florida has had four. Texas, three. Due to the low number of total cases and the isolated nature of these incidents I’d caution against drawing broad conclusions from the map above. But it is worth noting that the shootings don’t necessarily follow broader population trends. California, the most populous state in the nation, hasn’t had any. Nobody has been shot by a toddler in New England or the Upper Midwest.