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It’s been a terrible ten days for unintentional shootings in Tennessee. There have been six unintentional shooting incidents in the state since April 29.  Four involved adults and two involved children with access to loaded guns. One of the adults did not survive. “We’ve tracked six unintentional shootings in eight days,” said Beth Joslin Roth, policy director for The Safe Tennessee Project.  “These

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Another Tennessee Child Unintentionally Shot With An Irresponsibly Stored Gun

Friday afternoon in Lebanon, a 10-year-old boy unintentionally shot himself with his parent’s loaded, unlocked gun. The boy’s older brother called 911. The children’s parents were not home. The boy was last listed in stable condition but faces multiple surgeries. The shooting in Memphis came just over a month after the last accidental shooting involving a child. On March 27th

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Accidental Shooting Numbers Climb As Lawmakers Consider Several “Guns on Campus” Bills

In Memphis yesterday, a man accidentally shot and injured himself at a local Walgreens. This was the 17th accidental shooting incident involving an adult so far this year. There were 17 total incidents in all of 2015. Using news reports and data from The Gun Violence Archive, The Safe Tennessee Project tracks all accidental shooting incidents reported in the media.

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Days After MaKayla’s Law Voted Down, another Tennessee child is accidentally shot by another child

On Friday afternoon in Memphis, an 11-year-old little girl was accidentally shot by a friend who was playing with a gun. As of this morning, she remains in critical condition. The shooting in Memphis came less than a week after the last accidental shooting involving a child. On March 19th, a 14-year-old Nashville boy was injured after unintentionally shooting himself.

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The Misrepresentation of MaKayla’s Law

One of the most frustrating aspects of fighting for #MaKayla’s Law was the way the bill was deliberately misrepresented by the National Rifle Association and the legislators who do their bidding. SB 2294/HB2058 MaKayla’s Law, was initially presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 1st by Senate Sponsor and Judiciary Committee member Sara Kyle.  MaKayla’s mom testified, asking legislators to

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