Two children of the Tampa-Bay area have sustained personal injuries in separate accidental shootings. In one of the accidental shootings, a 22-year-old man faces charges of aggravated child abuse after shooting a 20-month-old toddler. According to detectives, the man pointed his shotgun at the girl and pulled the trigger, not realizing there was still a round left in the gun. The toddler was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
In Clearwater, Florida a 6-year-old boy accidentally shot his 8-year-old brother. According to detectives, the father was showing the brothers some of his guns when the younger child grabbed a gun and pulled the trigger. The 8-year-old was hospitalized with a leg injuries. No charged were filed. If you would like to read more on this story please see Two children sustain personal injuries after accidental shootings, one man faces charges of aggravated child abuse.
It is important for parents and guardians to teach their child gun safety, especially if these weapons are kept within the home. Guns are dangerous and obviously deadly. Educating your children on the dangers and risks involved with playing and/or handling guns is critical in order to keep your child out of harm’s way. If you would like to read more information on gun safety for children and families please read Gun Ownership and Gun Safety – Rights and Responsibilities of Gun Ownership.