At Least 157 People Were Fatally Shot By Children Last Year, Per New Report

( — A gun safety organization known as Everytown recently released a report regarding the number of people injured and killed by children with firearms throughout 2023, revealing a shocking statistic regarding gun deaths. According to the advocacy group’s report, 157 Americans died from children accidentally shooting them with a firearm in 2023. Child shootings wounded an additional 270 citizens, with the majority of the injured also being children.

The report highlights that most of the children involved in accidental shootings ranged between 14 and 17 years old, with the second-highest group of accidental shooters being five years old or younger. Everytown’s report also features information that approximately half of the accidental shootings resulted from children accidentally shooting themselves, indicating a lack of gun safety awareness among younger demographics within the United States.

One of Everytown’s research directors, Sara Burd-Sharps, shared information about accidental shootings and how these incidents are easily avoidable. Burd-Sharps claims that most of the shootings involve family members, with children often accidentally shooting one of their siblings, cousins, or friends. Burd-Sharps cited the tragic incidents as easily avoidable and called for local law enforcement’s involvement in sharing information about gun safety and the potential dangers of handling a firearm.

Everytown isn’t the only organization tracking accidental shootings, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also begun tracking unintended shootings and the people involved in them. Despite the CDC’s attempt at recording data about unintended shootings, CDC data takes years of research and often fails to provide an adequate representation of deaths and injuries resulting from firearm usage. Although the CDC’s data frequently falls short of reports like Everytown’s, state officials across the country have started sharing data about unintended shootings to gather a more complete data set.

Although the data regarding accidental gun deaths is concerning to many Americans, negligent gun deaths are occurring less frequently than in the 1990s, according to the CDC. Everytown’s report and CDC data share a similar statistic; however, firearms are the most common cause of death for children in the United States. Data from 2015 indicates that more than 4 million United States youth lived in a house with a firearm that was readily accessible, and gun ownership rates have increased over the past nine years. Everytown advocates for widespread gun safety instruction, with researchers like Burd-Sharps warning that accidental deaths stemming from firearms could become more common without intervention.

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