American Toddlers Have Shot Someone Once A Week Since 2015: Report
American toddlers have shot someone, on the average, at least once a week since 2015, according to a new report.
Everytown, a gun violence prevention group, has gathered a database of the toddler shootings from media and police reports, notes The Washington Post.
However, the actual numbers are likely to be much higher because not all shootings are reported in the media and parents may try to keep a shooting hidden by not seeking medical care for a mild injury.
According to Everytown, 27 out of the 43 toddler shootings are self-inflicted injuries because the children find guns left out by law-abiding gun-owning adults.
Most of the toddler shootings involve boys.
In 2018, “17 toddler shootings have ended in a fatality, while 26 resulted in a non-life-threatening injury,” reports The Washington Post.