The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, the federal health organization, show over 31,000 annual deaths in the US were caused because of firearms. Accidental death by a gun is also a notoriously male-related fatality. Ninety-two percent of gun accident victims are men.
Accidental Death by Guns
Children’s access to guns is a hot topic in North Carolina. A recent gun-related death in Clinton, NC involved an eight-year-old boy. James Bartley was squirrel hunting with friends who were both twelve years old. Allegedly, all of the children were left unattended when a parent ran into town to run an errand. The boys found the rifle in an outbuilding and took it into the woods. One of the older boys accidentally dropped the rifle, which caused it to discharge and hit Bartley in his side. He was flown to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill where he later passed away.
Gun Owner Negligence NC
This tragic gun-related death follows the child neglect charges filed last month against a Fayetteville couple who failed to protect a minor. The couple’s negligence resulted in gun-related injuries to their four-year-old when he shot himself. Every year parents, guardians and family members don’t take the necessary safety measures that gun owners need to practice. Storing ammunition away from guns, locking both guns and ammunition in safes or lockboxes, and educating children on gun safety are essential for their safety.
Personal Injury Attorneys NC
If your child or a child you know has been injured because of a gun owner’s wrongdoing, contact a personal injury attorney at Brent Adams & Associates. Our accident lawyers in Fayetteville, Raleigh and Dunn handle cases where innocent children are injured because of another’s negligence.