They are the most maddening gun deaths in America. Last year, at least 30 people were killed in accidental shootings in which the shooter was 5 or younger, according to Everytown For Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group that tracks these shootings, largely through news reports.The Times is hoping that the "two per week" is what grabs the attention of the reader without them stopping to do the math. If you do, that averages out to be a little over 100 in a year - too many for sure, but clearly no epidemic. Let's look at the trends as reported in the 2015 NSSF Firearms Related Injury Statistics NSSF for perspective.
With shootings by preschoolers happening at a pace of about two per week, some of the victims were the youngsters’ parents or siblings, but in many cases the children ended up taking their own lives.
suspect Everytown's numbers are when they report statistics. This is all done to promote mandatory storage laws but you can't legislate stupidity. Each of the cases in the article were preventable if the owner of the firearm had taken the appropriate steps. Steps like those promoted by NSSF's Project ChildSafe that talk about storing firearms in a safe manner that fit your individual needs go a long way in preventing the type of tragedies like the ones in the Times article. Yet rather than mention what works, they push more restrictions.