23 People Have Been Shot By Toddlers This Year And These Are The States Where It Happens Most

This is one instance where it’s probably not best to try and break a record.

Last year, the Washington Post found that toddlers were finding guns around the house and shooting people at a rate of about one per week. There have been at least 23 toddler-involved shootings since the first of this year.

Sadly, the toddlers usually end up shooting themselves (not that shooting someone else is better) and that’s happened 18 times already this year and nine of those cases have been fatal.

So are parents are getting worse at hiding guns or toddlers are getting better at breaking into stuff? The answer is, of course, the dumb parents.

Last week, a Milwaukee toddler fatally shot his mom with a handgun he found in the back seat of the car they were riding in. On April 20, a 2-year-old boy in Indiana found the gun his mom’s open purse on the kitchen counter and fatally shot himself.

So which states have the most cases of toddlers capping people?

Georgia is home to the highest number of toddler shootings, with at least eight incidents since January 2015. Texas and Missouri are tied for second place with seven shootings each, while Florida and Michigan are tied for fourth, with six shootings apiece.

Either lock up your guns or lock up your kids. Possibly both.

[via Salt Lake Tribute]

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