Lewis Diuguid

3-year-old shoots 1-year-old sister in face, showing need for more gun safety for children, families

Gun rights groups don’t like to admit it, but the proliferation of guns and people carrying firearms increases the likelihood that accidents will happen.

That was the case Friday when a 3-year-old boy shot his 1-year-old sister in the face outside a Venice, Fla., preschool, the Sarasota County sheriff’s office reports. The girl was airlifted to a hospital with a gunshot injury that was not considered life-threatening.

The two children were left alone in the car while their mom talked with people in the parking lot of the Sonshine Learning Center about 4:20 p.m. Friday, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

The 3-year-old picked up the handgun that was in the car and shot the 1-year-old in the jaw and lip area, authorities said.

It is a sad occurrence. Fortunately the girl will survive.

But the incident is yet another case, showing that more needs to be done to increase gun safety for the sake of children and families.