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New Report Reveals Shocking Numbers On Kids And Guns

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WMDT 47 News - A recent Yale University study reveals shocking numbers on kids and guns. One child is reportedly injured in a firearm-related incident every hour in the U.S. Ten-thousand children in the U.S. get hurt or killed by guns each year, and 1.7 million kids live in a home with unlocked guns.

"It's terrible. It's extremely high for the society that we live in right now," Kathy Khanna of Salisbury, Md. said.

In Wicomico County, the numbers aren't as staggering, but even the loss of one child is astounding.

"There's no excuse for children accidentally getting wounded by guns," Judy Burns of Salisbury Md. said.

Back in 2012, the death of a 4-year-old Hebron boy shook up the community. He got a hold of a loaded handgun in his house, shot and killed himself and wounded his mother. As a result his father faced a manslaughter charge, but a jury found him not guilty.

"It is something that really point out the tragedy that can occur when young people - when young children get access to firearms," Maryland State Police Spokesperson Greg Shipley said in 2012.

Just last week, a Hurlock man was arrested after a child reportedly found a loaded handgun hidden in the woods. Twenty-nine-year-old Derone Lamar Little was charged with leaving a loaded firearm in a location where a minor could have access to it.

"I'm not saying that people should not own guns, but they need to be responsible with the decisions that they make," Khanna said.

"To eliminate the mystery of the gun, it helps to educate them at an age that you feel that they're comfortable with if they can handle it. The cardinal rule is to always treat it as if it were loaded --even if you know it's not," Trooper Christopher Del Vecchio said.

Responsibility is Key. If you own a gun, make sure it's not loaded and keep the ammunition separate from the weapon. Store the gun in a lock box or a safe. If you have little ones running around, educate them on gun safety.

Friday night, 20/20 will air a report on kids, guns and home safety with Diane Sawyer and David Muir. In a one-hour special, hidden cameras reveal shocking examples of what children do when left alone with a gun in the house. "Young Guns" airs tomorrow at 10 p.m. on WMDT.

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