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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Sunday Shooting Review Late Additions

By January 20, 2013

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There are some late additions to today's Sunday Shooting Review:

  • a 14-year-old in Lexington, Kentucky who was unintentionally shot in the abdomen by a 15-year-old friend who tripped while playing with his grandfather's revolver after they had broken into his house because of curiosity about the gun. Although his grandfather "assumed his grandson was responsible enough to handle weapons after completing a hunting course a few months ago where he learned all about rifles and firearms," he kept the gun unlocked in his home and hadn't actually talked to the teen about the gun.
  • a 15-year-old in Albuquerque, New Mexico who shot and killed three children and two adults in a home where several guns were found, including a semi-automatic military-style rifle (an AR-15).
  • an 11-year-old in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma who is in serious condition after he was shot at an apartment complex.
  • a 15-year-old near McDonough, Georgia who was unintentionally shot and killed by his 14-year-old brother with their mother's handgun.
  • a 17-year-old in Springfield, Massachusetts who was shot in the shoulder.
  • a 14-year-old in Stow Creek Township, New Jersey who was unintentionally shot in his face by his father while they were hunting deer.

These shootings are in addition to the 19 other children and teen who were victims of gun violence this past week, including seven who died.

What can we do to reduce this kind of gun violence?

In addition to other strategies, most of which seem to be in President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence, the AAP, AMA, and 50 other medical organizations have stated that "renewing and strengthening the assault weapons ban, including banning high-capacity magazines, would be a step in the right direction."

They stand "ready to work with Congress and the Administration to make progress in protecting our communities, especially our children, from this epidemic of violence." Do you?

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