There’s a must-read in-depth report at the New York Times about the accidental shooting of children. The article presents evidence that these shootings have, for years, been grossly under-reported in official statistics, perhaps by as much as half. Because of quirks and inconsistencies in the way the deaths are recorded and reported, many are neither counted as accidents or prosecuted as homicides. It’s like they don’t happen.
Further, very few states have effective “negligence” laws in the books that make it a crime to leave a loaded gun where a child can get to it.
Researchers recognized this under-reporting probably was happening back in the 1990s, but the NRA successfully lobbied to stop the research.