Georgia’s accidental child shootings nearly twice average

(File: CBS Boston)

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — In gun accidents involving children, the most common shooters and victims are 3 years old, according to a deep review of shooting reports by The Associated Press and the USA Today Network.

One little boy found in the reports was 3-year-old Holston Cole of Dallas, Georgia, who pulled a handgun from his father’s backpack and fatally shot himself in the chest in his family’s living room this April.

In Georgia, the per capita rate of such shootings is nearly twice the national average: From January 2014 through June 30 of this year, 23 children were killed and an additional 36 were injured.

Many of these accidents are self-inflicted, by children who get hold of a relative’s firearm, and the vast majority of these shootings by far happen in the child’s own home.

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