Last year, a Washington Post analysis found that toddlers were finding guns and shooting people at a rate of about one a week. This year, that pace has accelerated. There have been at least 23 toddler-involved shootings since Jan. 1, compared with 18 over the same period last year.
In the vast majority of cases, the children accidentally shoot themselves. That's happened 18 times this year, and in nine of those cases the children died of their wounds.
Toddlers have shot other people five times this year. Two of those cases were fatal: this week's incident in Milwaukee, and that of a 3-year-old Alabama boy who fatally shot his 9-year-old brother in February.
These numbers represent only a small fraction of gun violence involving children. For instance, the pro-gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety has found at least 77 instances this year in which a child younger than 18 has accidentally shot someone. And there is a whole different universe of gun violence in which toddlers are shot, intentionally or not, by adults.
Looking at a map of where toddlers are pulling the trigger, some states stand out sharply.
It appears that if you want to avoid being shot by a toddler that Georgia, Texas, Florida, Michigan and Missouri are certainly the states to avoid.
Though to be honest there is hardly any place in the country where you are truly safe from gun violence these days.
Thanks to the NRA and cowardly politicians there are now more guns than people in the United States. That mean there is more than enough loaded weapons to take out every man, woman, and child in the country many times over.
If that doesn't send a cold chill up your spine then I don't know what would.