The gun debate continues, as we have heard President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence.
As we continue to hear from both sides, it is important to remember that there are everyday child and teen victims of gun violence in our country. In fact, about 20,000 children and teens are shot each year and almost 3,000 die from gun violence, including murders, suicides, and accidents.
Here is just some of the gun violence from the past few weeks that you should be aware of and which will hopefully motivate you to join the American Academy of Pediatrics and others who are advocating for ways to keep our kids safe:
- 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.
- a 2-year-old in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who died after he was unintentionally shot in the chest by his 18-year-old brother who was playing with a .357-caliber handgun.
- a 6-year-old in Cleveland, Ohio who died after she likely shot herself in the face.
- a 3-year-old in Fountain, Colorado who required surgery after he unintentionally shot himself in the foot with a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun that he found in his parent's bedroom. His father is a soldier and had recently returned from Afghanistan.
- a 4-year-old in Kansas City, Kansas who died after she was unintentionally shot in the head by a 6-year-old who found a revolver under a jacket on a chair in the girl's home.
- a 5-year-old in Tallahassee, Florida who was unintentionally shot in the abdomen by his 7-year-old relative while they were playing with a gun that they found in his 22-year-old brother's room.
- a 17-year-old in Huntington, West Virginia who died after she was shot multiple times in her upper body.
- a 2-year-old in Menlo Park, California who was shot in his legs as he sat on his mother's lap, who was also shot, in the back of a car, as a man in another car fired into their car after an argument.
- a 16-year-old in Red Bluff, California who was shot in the ankle as he walked with a group of teenagers.
- a 15-year-old in Sweetwater, Tennessee who died after he unintentionally shot himself with a family handgun.
- a 11-year-old in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who might be paralyzed after she was shot in the face by her father.
- a 15-year-old in Orange County, Florida who was shot in his lower back while riding his bike.
- a 10-year-old in Batesville, Mississippi who was unintentionally shot by a hunter in a nearby deer stand. The bullet is said to have grazed the student in the back, although he was hospitalized, as it when through a side window of his school bus.
- a 5-year-old in Cleburne, Texas who is in critical condition after she was unintentionally shot in the stomach in her home.
- a 3-year-old in Mission, Kansas who unintentionally shot himself with his father's loaded Glock 9mm handgun that he was preparing to clean and had left unattended where the toddler could reach.
- an 18-year-old in Crescent, Iowa who required surgery after he was unintentionally shot while he and his friends were trying to dislodge a cartridge that was stuck in a rifle, using a screwdriver.
- a 3-year-old in Greenville, South Carolina who died after he was unintentionally shot in the head.
- a toddler in Chicago, Illinois who was shot as the car he was riding in was "riddled with several gun shots," killing the driver, who is not thought to be the intended target of the shooters.
- a 14-year-old in Atlanta, Georgia who was shot by another student at their middle school.
- a 17-year-old in Little Rock, Arkansas who died after she was shot while sitting in a car outside a gas station with two other teens.
- a 15-year-old in Chicago, Illinois who died after she was shot while seeking shelter from a rainstorm on the way home from school. She had just performed at President Obama's inauguration.
- an 8-year-old in Oakland, California who was shot in the leg during a drive-by shooting while standing in front of a relative's home.
- a 2-year-old in Savannah, Georgia who was shot during a domestic dispute in which her father was charged with aggravated assault.