CDC: Fewer kids dying from accidental gunfireon March 14, 2012 @ 12:03 pm (Updated: 3:04 pm - 3/14/12 )
In 2009, the CDC reports 96 children under the age of 18 were killed by accidental gunfire nationwide. The number has been trending downward since 2006, when there were 125 deaths.
In Washington state, where two children have been accidentally shot to death in the past week, the average number of kids under 18 who die each year from unintended gunfire is one.
On Saturday, a 7-year-old girl was shot to death by her sibling inside a van in Stanwood, Wash. Her father, a Marysville police officer, had left a loaded firearm in the glove compartment of the family van.
On Monday in Tacoma, a 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself with a gun he found in the family car while it was stopped at a gas station.
The last time two kids were killed from accidental gunfire in this state in the same year was 2006.
According to the Washington State Department of Health, there are an average of nine children under the age of 18 hospitalized each year due to unintentional gunfire.
An 8-year-old girl remains hospitalized after she was critically injured at a Bremerton, Wash. elementary school in February when a 9-year-old classmate brought a handgun in his backpack. The gun accidentally discharged.
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