Poll Context: Last week, a Milwaukee toddler fatally shot his mother after finding a handgun in the back seat of the car they were riding in. The case drew a lot of national attention given the unusual circumstances: Little kids rarely kill people, intentionally or not. But this type of thing happens more often than you might think. Since April 21, there have been at least seven instances in which a 1- , 2- or 3-year-old shot themselves or somebody else in the United States:
– On April 21, a 2-year-old boy in Indiana found the gun his mother left in her purse on the kitchen counter and fatally shot himself.
– The next day in Kansas City, a 1-year-old girl evidently shot and killed herself with her father’s gun while he was sleeping.
– On April 23, a 3-year-old in Natchitoches, Louisiana, fatally shot himself after getting hold of a gun.
– On April 27, a 3-year-old boy in Dallas, Georgia, fatally shot himself in the chest with a gun he found at home.
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