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South Florida girl shot dead on school bus

Lourdes Guzman, 13, was shot and killed on Tuesday after a 15-year-old decided to show off a gun on the school bus. Investigators said the boy placed a gun in his schoolbag and displayed it on the bus on his way to school. Then the 15-year-old fired the gun, which killed Guzman, a South Florida girl.

Just last week, a 16-year-old in Florida accidentally killed himself after he “shot himself in the eye with a stolen gun” that he had found the day before the shooting.

Gun shooting accidents

  • Gun shooting accidents are one of the “top ten leading causes of accidental death for all age groups outside of newborns and infants.”
  • “In 2007, there were 122 unintentional firearm deaths in children, and an additional 3,060 nonfatal gun and shooting accidents, which resulted in an estimated 1,375 children needing to be hospitalized for their injuries.”
  • "Among the world’s 23 wealthiest countries, 80 percent of all gun deaths are American deaths and 87 percent of all kids killed by guns are American kids."

Parents have to continue to talk to their children about gun safety. Sometimes children think they are invincible, so their parents have to remind them that guns are not toys and that they should not play with firearms.

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