Blog 6: Missouri leads nation in Toddler Shootings
Washington Post finds at least 43 instances of shootings by toddlers this year, most of them toddler shooting self http://t.co/kOUBvjO4MO
— Sarah Posner (@sarahposner) October 14, 2015
1. I chose this research because Missouri was the leading state in toddler shootings in the United States. To clear up any confusion, a toddler shooting is when a toddler finds a gun in their house (could belong to their parents, or anyone who left it laying around) and then hurts themselves or someone else. Missouri had 5 of these incidents in the last 10 months, while 25+ states had 0 incidents in the last 10 months.
2. This research was done by The Washington Post. They recorded the incidents that were reported by the media from each state where a toddler has gotten ahold of a gun and hurt someone or their self. These numbers do not include incidents where toddlers were shot by adults.
3. The article mentioned gun laws but I would have found it interesting if they would have looked more into the correlation between gun laws in Missouri and the number of toddler shootings. Or if they would have compared the number of toddler shootings to teenage shootings or middle childhood shootings.