Each year, over 70,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms across the nation for non-fatal gunshot injuries. Another 30,000 will die due to unintentional shootings, as well as homicides and suicides. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that gun accidents cause more than 15 percent of all injuries and deaths from gunshot wounds.
Children, who are often unaware of the dangers of firearms or lack the control necessary to safely handle a gun, are tragically sometimes involved in gun related incidents. Recently, the was a gun accident in Florida where a two year old boy was killed after fatally shooting himself with his father’s gun. In Idaho, a toddler accidently discharged a handgun, killing his mother. Several incidents occurred in a short time frame in Texas, with a three year old and four year old accidently shooting themselves and a five year old critically injuring his sibling.
On average, 62 kids per year die from gun related accidents like those described above. In addition to these purely accidental shootings, there have been a number of highly publicized school shooting involving older teens who were able to obtain guns from their parents to shoot others.