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  • Guns Don't Kill People, Toddlers Do

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

    Guns Don't Kill People, Toddlers Do

    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.

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    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 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 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]

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

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