'My heart breaks': Gun control questions raised after Arkansas 4-year-old shoots himself
WARREN (KATV) —
A four-year-old Warren boy is expected to recover tonight after shooting himself in the face late Wednesday afternoon.
It all happened while the child was in the backseat of a car according to Warren Police.
Luckily this child is in stable condition and what led to the shooting is being called a tragic accident by police. No charges are expected to be filed.
Police said it all unfolded when the mother pulled into a driveway with an incline and a purse fell from the center console onto the back floor. The mother exited the car, but when that purse fell, another smaller purse containing a gun also fell out. That's when the gun was within the boy's reach and he shot himself.
Something to take note of following this incident is that there are no state laws when it comes to storing a gun inside of your vehicle. However, organizations like Moms Demand Action continue to call for gun storage laws in Arkansas.
“My heard breaks for this mother and that family. Sadly, in America almost 300 kids unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else each year,” said Eve Jorgensen, who leads the Arkansas chapter of Moms Demand Action.
Jorgensen tells KATV that at the end of the day, the responsibility of a gun falls on the gun owner.
"I do believe that parents are responsible for the safety of their children and that's why I advocate for our Be Smart program,” said Jorgensen. The Be Smart program promotes secure storage of all weapons, as well as awareness of gun safety.
Senator Trent Garner (R-27), a Second Amendment advocate, gave Channel 7 this statement:
While I’m always looking to improve gun safety especially dealing with children, I would have to see the research as far as the gun storage laws in other states. What I know is over-regulated gun laws won't solve this problem, we need to do gun education and raise gun safety awareness.
The Arkansas Department of Health said eight children in Arkansas under the age of 17 died from accidental gunshots between 2014-2016. In that same period 28 people over the age of 18 were killed in similar incidents.