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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Another Shooting Accident - Another Child in Critical Condition

By May 4, 2013

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With the unintentional shooting death of the 2-year-old in Kentucky fresh in everyone's mind, there is news of another unintentional shooting.

This one is in Brighton, Alabama, where a 4-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was unintentionally shot in the head while in a bedroom with his 4-year-old cousin.

It is unlikely that this shooting will get as much media attention as the Kentucky shooting though, as he wasn't shot with a Crickett Youth Rifle. Instead, it was a .38 special handgun that they may have found stashed in a drawer or after it was simply left out in the open.

While many people think that these kinds of shooting incidents are rare, you simply have to review the list of children who were unintentionally shot this week to see that this is a too common tragedy, including:

  • the 2-year-old in Burkesville, Kentucky who died after she was unintentionally shot by her 5-year-old brother with his .22-caliber rifle.
  • the 5-year-old in Mountain Village, Alaska who died after she was unintentionally shot by her 8-year-old brother who was playing with a Ruger 10/22 rifle that he had used the day before to go hunting.
  • the 6-year-old in Pace, Florida who was hospitalized after she was unintentionally shot while playing with a handgun with another small child.
  • the 4-year-old in Tuckahoe, Virginia who was unintentionally shot in the leg by his 10-year-old brother who had found his father's .38 caliber handgun under a dresser. Their mother had taken it out the night before because she had thought she heard noises outside and didn't put it back into the lockbox where it is usually kept.
  • the 3-year-old in Yuma, Arizona who died after he unintentionally shot himself with his grandmother's handgun.

Join the American Academy of Pediatrics in pushing for safe gun storage, child access prevention laws, and as they urge "that guns be subject to consumer product regulations regarding child access, safety, and design. These include trigger locks, lock boxes, personalized safety mechanisms, and trigger pressures that are too high for young children."

And remember that the AAP recommends that pediatricians routinely talk to parents about guns in their home at well child visits to remind them to store guns unloaded, in a secure place, with the bullets stored separately.

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