The New York Times reports today that child firearm deaths from accidental shootings are an even greater problem than reports indicate. Due to the “idiosyncrasies in how such deaths are classified by the authorities,” those deaths occurred twice as often as reported.
Children shot accidentally are usually shot by other children — and their deaths are preventable if only the guns they used were locked and stored correctly and the children were denied access to those guns.
The NRA has opposed CAP and safe storage laws, claiming that accidental shooting are too low compared to other child deaths.
But we think any child’s death is tragic–especially if that death is preventable. And the Times’ article makes it clear that accidental shooting deaths are an even greater problem and they need to be stopped.
Child access prevention (CAP) and safe storage lawsare an obvious solution that could prevent accidental shootings, as well as suicides and homicides, and save hundreds of children’s lives each year.
NYAGV is working to get CAP laws enacted in New York State–a state with strong gun safety laws but still no CAP laws. Find out how you can take action to support CAP laws here.
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