A two-year-old died in Texas after capturing himself with a gun he present in a member of the family’s backpack, officers mentioned, the most recent in a string of comparable accidents by US kids which have grow to be tragically atypical.
The boy within the metropolis of Waco sustained a gunshot wound to his head and was taken to a hospital the place he later died, in line with a press release by native police launched Thursday.
Investigators imagine the boy killed himself by chance.
After the capturing, the relative whose gun the kid had discovered fled the scene with the weapon, however later returned and was detained. The 21-year-old suspect has been charged with proof tampering.
In keeping with Everytown For Gun Security, a gun management advocacy group, 765 folks have been killed and over 1,500 have been injured from 2015-2020 in “unintentional shootings” by kids. And as many as 111 folks have been killed this 12 months alone. The group calls such shootings “a heartbreaking a part of America’s gun violence epidemic.”
“Yearly, a whole lot of kids in the US acquire entry to unsecured, loaded weapons in closets and nightstand drawers, in backpacks and purses, or simply overlooked,” the group mentioned on its web site. “With tragic regularity, kids discover these unsecured weapons and unintentionally shoot (themselves) or another person.”
The US Structure ensures the correct to bear arms and 30 p.c of American adults personal at the least one gun. Annually, about 40,000 die right here on account of gun violence, in line with the Gun Violence Archive, an internet site that tracks gun deaths.