Louisville leaders insist on gun safety after series of accidental shootings | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville Metro Police said there was a spike in accidental shootings in 2022, a problem causing permanent injuries and even deaths, especially among children.

LMPD Maj. Corey Robinson said many of the victims were young children.

“I’ve seen four or five incidents where 9-, 10-year-olds, and last week a 12-year-old was shot,” he said. “So it usually falls into the hands of miners.”

Just last week, police said a 17-year-old accidentally shot a 10-year-old boy in West Hill Street.

“Lives are shattered, families are shattered, neighborhoods are shattered,” said Dr. Keith Miller, trauma surgeon at the University of Louisville Hospital.

Miller said even victims who survive accidental shootings are often scarred for life.

“It can mean physical injuries like never walking again, never eating alone again, being on a ventilator for the rest of your life,” he said.

Aaron McGahee, owner and chief instructor of Rhinox Research Group, LLC., runs the veteran-owned academy in Louisville that provides firearms training, defense education and force protection. McGahee is also a United States Air Force veteran and said he teaches safety by putting guns in the hands of children.

“I don’t believe ignorance is a form of defense,” McGahee said. “I think everyone has to learn how to be educated. Kids tend to get into things they’re not supposed to be into. So if they come across a gun, we can teach them how to give that back. sure thing.”

McGahee teaches four universal safety rules:

  1. Treat all firearms as if they were loaded
  2. You are never going to point the gun at something you don’t want to destroy
  3. Keep your finger on the trigger
  4. Always know your target

As summer vacation approaches, police say gun safety is crucial.

“They’re currently busy eight hours a day,” Robinson said. “You think you hide your guns, they know where the gun is. I knew where my dad’s guns were.

“I’ve seen kids maimed because of it or lose an eye. I’ve seen people lose part of a limb, get shot in the hand. It’s just, it’s horrible. “

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