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After accessing each of these guns, 5-year-olds were killed last week in Southeast Wisconsin by what authorities have described as unintentional, self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
The tragedies highlight the risks posed by firearms left unsecured.
According to research by Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been 127 unintentional shootings by children in the U.S. in 2019.
Parents can take a number of steps to reduce the chances of child access to a firearm, including:
Additional information is available through Moms Demand Action’s Be SMART program. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs