Two-Year-Old Shoots Parents After Finding Gun on Nightstand | 22 Words

It's impossible to deny the "epidemic" of mass shootings in the United States.

But the latest shooting may be the most horrifying yet...

It's 2021and we are living in a society where we are afraid to live our lives for fear of being shot.

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It seems barbaric when written down in black and white, doesn't it?

But, sadly, this is the reality for far too many Americans.

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It's no secret that gun control laws have been slack for far too long, meaning that we have endured a disgracefully high number of mass shootings.

We even have a "mass shooting tracker."

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When a country needs a website to keep track of its nearly-daily mass shootings, you know things need to change.

For years now, there have been repeated calls for stricter gun laws...

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But this year, following a sickening spike in mass shootings across the country, the pressure on our government to take action has doubled down.

The recent atrocities in Atlanta, Colorado, and York County have shaken people to their core...

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And now, another tragedy has struck.

As the country continues to come to terms with the recent devastating shootings...

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A horrific story has surfaced that shows the need for stricter gun control.

Police were called to a home in West Bath, Maine on Wednesday.

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A 2-year-old had shot both of his parents and injured himself with an unlocked, loaded gun.

The toddler picked up the gun from the nightstand.

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Shooting his father in the head and mother in the leg before the recoil caused the gun to hit him in the face.

All 3 were rushed to hospital but have been confirmed to be safe.

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"The question of how the boy was able to pick up and fire the weapon is of great concern and is being investigated," said Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry.

"This situation, while disturbing, could have had an even more tragic ending."

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"We are thankful that the injuries were not more serious."

These incidents "should be taken as a warning to the public to ensure firearms are kept in a locked, secure location out of reach of children."

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"In the 12 years I've been sheriff, we've never had a situation like this."

"If you have children, you really should be securing any firearm in a locked closet or cabinet or have a trigger lock."

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