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I haven’t finished reading the cover story, Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll, from yesterday’s New York Times.
The article is heartbreaking. No details are spared in the recounting of dozens of scenarios of children of all ages accidentally shooting themselves, or their infant siblings, or their friends, with guns they’ve found unattended and, for reasons beyond comprehension, loaded with bullets.
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The article explains how the annual rates of accidental gun deaths involving children are inaccurate due to discrepancies in official reporting. A New York Times review revealed the rate of accidental shootings to be twice the amount indicated by records.
In a concerted effort to establish negligence, many death reports list the cause of death as homicide, rather than accident. Even cases where children as young as three found an unsecured gun and accidentally shot themselves can be called homicide.
These numbers are important if you consider that fewer than 20 U.S. states have “safe storage” laws holding adults liable for allowing children access to guns.
Keep reading for more on the issue.