"A child dies every other day from Gun Accidents in U.S." PBS NewsHour 10/15/2016
SUMMARY: A joint investigation by the Associated Press and the USA Today Network has found that in the first six months of this year, gun accidents killed at least one child in the U.S. every other day. Both the shooters and victims were most likely to be three years old. Ryan Foley, one of the reporters on the story for the AP in Iowa, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
HARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: A joint investigation by the “Associated Press” and “USA Today Network” has found in the first six months of this year, Gun Accidents Killed at least one child in the United States every other day. The report published yesterday analyzed more than 1,000 deaths and injuries from accidental shootings involving children ages 17 and younger between January 2014 and this June.
Joining me now to talk about this is one of the reporters of that story, Ryan Foley, a member of “A.P.'s” national reporting team focused on state government coverage. He is in Iowa today.
First of all, what's the purpose of the investigation? What prompted it in the first place?
RYAN FOLEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS: So, we wanted to take a more comprehensive look at these shootings, why they were happening, who the victims were, what types of guns were being used. And we also knew that there wasn't a lot of government research into these questions.