IN THE LINE OF FIRE

Report: A Gun Accident Kills a Kid Every Other Day

Gun accidents in the U.S. kill a child every other day, according to a study by the Associated Press and USA Today. During the first half of this year, minors reportedly died from accidental shootings, either from the hands of an adult, another child, or themselves, at the rate of about one every other day. That number is much higher than federal statistics had previously indicated. The joint study used information from the Gun Violence Archive, news reports, and public sources. It took nearly six months to analyze the circumstances of the involved deaths, and the study included children who were 17 or younger from January 2014 to June 30, 2016. There were more than 1,000 incidents investigated by the two news outlets.