Shooting of Brooklyn Girl by 9-Year-Old Boy, Tragic Miscalculation of Risk of Guns in the Home | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Shooting of Brooklyn Girl by 9-Year-Old Boy, Tragic Miscalculation of Risk of Guns in the Home

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2015

Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson [at] bradymail [dot] org, +1 857-919-5130

Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence, stated:

NEW YORK -- “We are disturbed by the incident where a 9-year-old boy unintentionally shot and wounded a 14-year-old girl in the back with a .22 caliber rifle he found in his parents’ Brooklyn apartment on March 20. I can almost guarantee that these parents, like millions of Americans, got a gun thinking it would make their family safer. But the fact that nine kids are shot unintentionally every day proves the danger of that misperception.

"One out of three homes with children has guns, many left unlocked or loaded, according to the Brady Center’s recent report, 'The Truth About Kids & Guns.' The bottom line is a gun in a home with kids dramatically increases the chance that a child in that home will be wounded or killed.

“Gun violence prevention starts in the home with responsible parenting. This incident in Brooklyn reminds us all to ensure that children do not come across an unsecured gun by asking, “Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?” We urge you to ask about guns in the home before a tragedy occurs.”

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