Doctors and safety experts are sounding the alarm about the dangers of children and unattended guns. In the last six days of July, three Houston children shot themselves accidentally in separate incidents. Two of those children died. According to experts, these accidents are especially tragic because they can be so easily prevented.
In Harris County, accidental gunshot wounds kill more children than any other type of accident except for automobile accidents. On average, 27 children a year are killed in Harris County by guns. According to experts, most of the children killed in gunshot accidents are shot in family homes with guns that are legally owned. At least two-thirds of those accidents could have been prevented if the guns had been safely stored.
For children, gunshots can be very devastating to their small bodies. Because bodies are so much smaller, there is an increased risk of a bullet hitting key organs, the spine, or blood vessels. Gunshots are more likely to require surgery than car accidents, and are more likely to be fatal than other types of accidents.
Experts say that ideally, guns should be removed from the environments where children live, but if they are not, they should be stored locked and unloaded. Children tend to be drawn to guns and do not often handle them safely. Locks and safes are critical, and if a parent is concerned about self-defense, there are safes that can be quickly activated by fingerprints and are not overly expensive. Children should also be taught not to touch guns, and to tell adults if they find a gun.
If your child has been hurt or killed by a gunshot that was caused by the negligence of another party, it’s important that you protect your child’s legal rights. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about us on our YouTube channel. Call today.