A two-year-old boy in Maine in the northeast of the United States wounded his parents with a gun found in the house, local TV channel WGME reports, citing police.
The incident occurred on Wednesday in the city of West Bath. Police said the child found the gun on the bedside table. It is noted that the boy’s father received a slight head wound, and the mother was wounded in the leg. At the same time, the child himself suffered from the recoil caused by the shot. All three were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
As the investigators noted, the child fired only one shot.
“The question of how the boy was able to take the weapon and fire it is of serious concern, and it is currently under investigation,” said County Sheriff Joel Merry. He added that the incident could have had much more tragic consequences.
In the United States, the carrying of weapons is guaranteed by the Constitution, but there are a large number of restrictions that vary from state to state and from institution to institution. In some states, guns can be carried openly, in others, it is prohibited. Democrats traditionally favor stricter regulation of the sphere of arms trafficking, while Republicans, in turn, accuse them of trying to deprive citizens of the right guaranteed by the constitution.
Recently, several mass shootings have occurred in the United States. In light of the increase in gun violence, US President Joe Biden reiterated the need for tougher gun trafficking in the country, in particular, a ban on assault weapons, as well as increased checks on the sale of weapons.