Accidental Shootings Killing, Injuring Washington State Children
Since 2014, more than a dozen state children have been injured or killed when they or another child mishandled an unsecured firearm, according to an investigation by The Associated Press. But state law offers little for prosecutors to use in going after the adults in these cases. After an intentional shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in October 2014, Seattle Children’s began holding events to give away lockboxes and trigger locks for free, said Dr. Mark Del Beccaro, chief medical officer. They’ve held eight events and gave out more than 2,500 gun lockboxes and trigger locks so far.
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Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research.
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