In an effort to track unintentional shootings by children 17 or younger across the United States, the gun violence prevention groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America recently launched the #NotAnAccident Index and interactive map. According to the data, Pennsylvania has already had at least five such shootings, which resulted in four injuries and one death. They occurred in Philadelphia, Upper Darby, Montoursville, and Mercer County.
“Nationally [..] since January 1, 2015, there have been at least 88 unintentional shootings involving children, resulting in 65 injuries and 25 deaths—that’s an average of one unintentional child shooting in America every 36 hours. The index is based on media coverage and police reports of instances where a child 17 years or younger unintentionally fired a gun and harmed either him or herself or another person.”