Every year, hundreds of children in the US gain access to firearms and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. This is #NotAnAccident.
To better understand these shootings—and how they can be prevented—Everytown collects information about incidents in which a child age 17 or under unintentionally shoots themselves or someone else. For each identified incident, the researchers review available media reports to obtain details about the incident, including location, type of firearm, and method of storage.
Research shows that an estimated 4.6 million American children live in homes with at least one gun that is loaded and unlocked.1Azrael D, Cohen J, Salhi C, Miller M. Firearm storage in gun-owning households with children: Results of a 2015 national survey. Journal of Urban Health. 2018; 95(3): 295-304. Study defined children as under the age of 18. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched the Be SMART campaign to raise awareness that secure gun storage–storing guns locked, unloaded and separate from ammunition–can save children’s lives.
We must make sure firearms are stored securely
The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries. Visit Be SMART for more information on preventing unintentional shootings by children.