It’s sad to think about, but a 2-year-old shooting himself in the face last week in Arizona could become a more frequent occurrence as more liberal gun laws enable more firearms to be carried by more people, causing more accidental shootings.
The toddler was in critical but stable condition over the weekend. The boy’s grandmother and aunt were babysitting him and his 7-year-old brother. The aunt was washing dishes in the kitchen when the handgun went off, The Associated Press reports.
Police said the boy was playing on the bed in the master bedroom when he found the gun. The weapon belonged to his father, who was not at home at the time of the shooting. The bullet struck the boy in the cheek and exited his head. Part of his skull had to be removed to ease the swelling.
Gun laws have been liberalized even more this year in Kansas, enabling people to carry concealed weapons without a permit or training starting July 1. The increase in weapons on people will likely result in an increase in accidental shootings.