Last Sunday, the New York Times published a heartwrenching article called Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll. As you might expect, authors Michael Luo and Mike McIntire explored the preventable and all-too-common issue of accidental shootings of children in the United States.
It was an eye-opening article. Due to inconsistencies in the way these shootings are categories - some as accidents, some as homicides - the conventional statistics regarding their frequency are inaccurate. Given that it should never (ever!) happen at all, the fact that it happens even more than we thought is simply galling.