HOT BLAST: Guns and children
Jul 08, 2013 | 1489 views |  0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It's not often that I'd suggest turning to the New York Daily News for in-depth coverage of a national issue, but that paper's reporting on the number of children's recent deaths by accidental shootings is compelling reading.

It even has a Calhoun County reference.

According to the Daily News, "In the almost seven months since Adam Lanza’s demented slaughter of 20 Sandy Hook Elementary first-graders and six adults, at least 40 more children age 12 and under have died from accidental shootings across the United States, according to data compiled by the Daily News.

"Those numbers do not include children killed by adults. Add those tragedies in, and about 120 innocents ages 12 and under have been killed by guns since Newtown.

"These shootings took place in 17 states from Alaska to Florida, in rural counties and big cities alike. Six accidental shootings killed kids in Ohio and another five in Texas, where about 36% of residents have a gun in the home. Nationally, about 35% of homes contain at least one gun."

Two Alabama events are listed on the Daily News graphic, which allows readers to click on each of the reported incidents. One of those is the January death of a young boy in Pleasant Valley, who was accidentally shot by his cousin with a gun that was given as a Christmas present.

Months later, that remains ironclad proof of the necessity of responsible gun ownership.

-- Phillip Tutor
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