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National Committee of Families and Children issues statement on 4-month-old shot by father

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018. 12:15 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) is calling on parents and the society to take up responsibility in playing active roles in the prevention of gun violence and any form of violence against children following reports that 4-month-old child was shot to the back by the father with a pellet gun.

NCFC, although saddened by the news, said it is grateful that the child did not die as a result of the injuries and wished the baby a speedy recovery.

The NCFC added, however, that it is unsettled by the reports made against the father by the child’s mother. According to the mother’s report to police, the father aimed the gun at the child and pulled the trigger but did not know the gun was loaded or that the safety was off. “..if this is true, NCFC questions the intentionality of the incident and believes it to be simply incomprehensible,” the organization said.

According to the NCFC, gun violence against children, whether intentional or accidental appears to be and increasing trend.

The commission cited Article 19 of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (CRC): “Every child has the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.” According to the NCFC, this is a clear violation of that right.

The NCFC urged families with licensed firearm in their homes to be extra careful that the gun is properly stored and out of the reach of children. NCFC added that it trusts the police department will conduct a thorough investigation.


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