Gun violence remains one of the leading causes of death in the US. Last 2019, a total of at least 15,292 people were fatally shot around the country -- a 3% increase compared to the total of gun-related deaths in 2018. These figures do not include nonfatal firearm injuries and suicides last year, which had a total of 29,613. Thus, many states have been raising awareness and passing laws to address the problem.
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In another case of gun violence, a 10-year-old was seriously injured. The crime was committed by his aunt Caitlyn Smith when she was babysitting him. Reports show that Smith was babysitting her nephew on a Tuesday evening when she found a gun in the apartment. She took it and started posing on her mobile phone camera, thinking it was unloaded. Unfortunately, the gun accidentally went off and shot the boy right in his stomach. The boy was immediately taken to the hospital.
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Luckily, the boy is now safely recovering but will need psychological care to heal from the trauma of the accident. This isn’t the first time an accident like this has happened. Other cases have killed people. For instance, a four-year-old boy was killed after he accidentally shot himself with a gun that he found at his babysitter’s house five years ago. According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, accidental gun deaths make up roughly 1% of total gun-related deaths in the country.
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As for Smith, she was arrested and charged with injury to a child. Serious bodily injury is is a second-degree felony. Thus, Thomas Gilliland, senior deputy of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, reminded the public of the importance of being vigilant in the presence of firearms. “Firearms are dangerous weapons so take precautions to make sure things like that don’t happen. Taking selfies was not the best thing to be doing,” he said.