Tennessee Ranks Third in Nation for Accidental Minor Shootings


According to a recent report conducted by Everytown for Gun Safety, 2023 was the most severe year in terms of youngsters inadvertently causing harm to themselves by shooting.

According to the association, Tennessee exhibits the third highest incidence of unintentional shootings involving minors within the nation.

Everytown has been documenting the annual count of unintentional shootings since 2015. In 2023, the number of gunshots in the country exceeded 400 for the first time.

From 2015 to 2023, Tennessee experienced a total of 158 incidents of unintentional shootings.

Tennessee experienced a total of 24 shootings in the year 2023, leading to 18 injuries and 6 fatalities.

In August, we documented an event where a 2-year-old had an injury in Bordeaux. The police stated that they were unaware of the means by which she obtained the firearm.

According to Everytown, the age groups with the highest likelihood of unintentionally shooting oneself or others are high school students, followed by children aged 5 and below.

The individuals affected by these shootings typically consist of themselves, an acquaintance, or a sibling.

The prevention of shootings can be achieved through the use of secure firearms storage measures that are inaccessible to youngsters.

Individuals have the option to obtain a complimentary firearm facility from their district THP headquarters, local DMV, or closest Metro Police precinct.

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