Georgia is home to the highest number of toddler shootings, with at least eight incidents since January 2015. Texas and Missouri are tied for second place with seven shootings each, while Florida and Michigan are tied for fourth, with six shootings apiece.
Ingraham found that toddler-involved shootings disproportionately occurred in the states for reasons that could not be attributed to population or gun laws alone.
“Sussing out cause and effect in these cases, in other words, is still largely a guessing game,” writes Ingraham. “And it’s a game made much more difficult by Congress’s efforts to restrict the type of gun research that agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are allowed to conduct.”