Guns Don't Kill People, Toddlers Do

A man shows a girl how to hold an airsoft gun at a 2013 NRA meeting. [Reuters]

This year in America, people are being shot by toddlers on a weekly basis. Check out this infographic on 2015 U.S. shooting stats, from the Washington Post's grim data-crunchers.

From The Washington Post's Wonkblog:

This week a 2-year-old in South Carolina found a gun in the back seat of the car he was riding in and accidentally shot his grandmother, who was sitting in the passenger seat. This type of thing happens from time to time: a little kid finds a gun, fires it, and hurts or kills himself or someone else. These cases rarely bubble up to the national level except when someone, like a parent, ends up dead.

But cases like this happen a lot more frequently than you might think. After spending a few hours sifting through news reports, I've found at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler 3 or younger. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself.

Gun law reform now.

[HT: Kashana Cauley]

A young NRA member, gets her photo with a non-toy rifle at an NRA convention [REUTERS]

A man shows a boy how to sight down an electronic rifle at an NRA meeting. [Reuters]

A young girl with a working handgun at an NRA convention. [REUTERS]

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Boy, 11, asks girl, 8, to see her puppies. She declines. He shoots and kills her.

McKayla Dyer [family photo]

Authorities in Tennessee say an 11-year-old boy has been detained on first-degree murder charges after shooting and killing an 8-year-old neighbor with a shotgun because she would not show him her pet puppies.

The gun belonged to the boy's father. The two kids went to the same school.

Neighbors interviewed by local news reporters identified the victim as Maykayla Dyer.

"Wanting to see a puppy, the little girl laughed and told him no... and that was it," said neighbor Chasity Arwood.

"Watching the Tennessee football game, heard the bang," Arwood said. "And then everybody screaming that he shot her baby girl."

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An opera for sleep-deprived parents

For anyone who has raised children: sing along, you know the words. Read the rest

Adorable kid can't blow out birthday candle. Dad steps in with a clever hack.


“Our son was having some trouble blowing out his birthday candle,” explains Ashleigh Williamson of her adorable two-year-old son. Read the rest

Surely this is the most Norman Rockwell photo ever taken of President Obama meeting a little boy

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“President Barack Obama meets 4-year-old Malik Hall during departure photos with Malik's uncle, Maurice Owens, center, in the Oval Office, Sept 4, 2015.” Read the rest

Find out when your name was popular with Baby Name Explorer app

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It's not super scientifically perfect but it's a fun tool.

Comic trailer: Raising Dion, superhero child with a single mom


What's it like Raising Dion, a 7-year-old son with superpowers? Watch the trailer, then read the first issue free. Read the rest

Windows 10 automatically spies on your children and sends you a dossier of their activity

Kirk writes, "This weekend we upgraded my 14-year-old son's laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Today I got a creepy-ass email from Microsoft titled 'Weekly activity report for [my kid]', including which websites he's visited, how many hours per day he's used it, and how many minutes he used each of his favorite apps." Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: Zoombinis

The quirky, gentle logic puzzles of the classic Zoombinis are back with a tablet remake which feels not especially modern, but still very much worth loving.

Small dog loves cheese

Wait for the grin at the end if you doubt our headline.

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Cecil the Lion to be immortalized as a Beanie Baby

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All profits go to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of University of Oxford in Oxford England.

Corgi puppy still not entirely sure about going down these stairs


“Here is my puppy Peanut Butter trying to go down the stairs at 9 weeks old.”

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Just a pug lying in a little swimming pool, snoring, with sunglasses on


No big deal.

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Florida mom abandons 3 kids in Waffle House to go drinking at nearby bar

“Waffle Nights,” Ahmed Hashim.
The restaurant chain has been in the news for a number of odd crimes lately. This one is very sad.

Analyzing the "Goodnight Moon" bedroom


The Ugly Volvo deconstructs the spatial, safety, and existential problems with the baby bunny's bedroom in the iconic children's book "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Clement Hurd. Read the rest

Little baby girl with weak eyesight sees through prescription glasses for the first time


That smile!

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Little girl not particularly pumped to be on this amusement park ride at all, actually



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