If you read the newspapers in South Florida recently, you may have noticed that there is an increase in the number of accidental gun shootings reported. For example, the two incidents below were reported in a recent edition of the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.
In Miami a woman was taken to the hospital after her husband claims he accidentally shot her when he thought she was a burglar in their home.
In Eatonville, Florida, a teenager was accidentally shot and killed by a 6-year-old child. At the time of the shooting, the boy was playing video games in his home when he was shot in the head. The child who fired the gun, found the handgun from the floor and thought it was a toy.
As more and more guns are manufactured, sold, lost, stolen, and re-sold, these guns will end up in many more Florida households. The end result will be that as the number of guns in homes increase, there will be an increase in the number of unintended shootings of innocent people, often loved ones. In some of these cases, the homeowners insurance may provide coverage for the shooting victims.
In most of these cases, the guns will be unsecured. They may be placed in a location where children can get to them with little or no effort and there will not be any trigger locks or other devices to prevent the guns from being accidentally discharged in the home. Likewise, homeowners may mistakenly think there is an intruder in their homes and fire at their own family members. All of these situations are eminently preventable by either using more caution in securing the gun or only firing the gun when the shooter is certain of the identity of the target.
At the end of the day, each home owner contemplating keeping a gun in their house should weigh the potential increase to their personal safety against the possibility that an unintended tragedy may result.
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