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USA: An eight-year-old killed a one-year-old girl while playing with his father's pistol

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Playing with his father's pistol, an eight-year-old boy killed a one-year-old and injured another two-year-old over the weekend in Florida & # 8211; Tragic incident in US Simmons, the sheriff of Escambia County.

The tragedy unfolded in a motel where the forty-year-old with a heavy criminal record had gone to find his partner. He went with his son. She with her twin children, two years old, and her one-year-old daughter.

At one point, he left the room and left the gun “in a cupboard,” Sheriff Simmons explained during an interview Press. Knowing where he was hiding, “his son took it and started playing with it.”

“He shot and killed a one-year-old baby. “After penetrating it, the bullet wounded one of the twins, but he is expected to survive,” the sheriff added, emphasizing that the mother of the victims was sleeping.

When the father returned, he removed the weapon from the room and substances, possibly drugs, before the police arrive.

The death of the little girl adds to the horrific series of similar accidents in the country.

“Every year, hundreds of children in the United States find themselves full of weapons that have not been safely stored, in lockers, nightstands, backpacks, bags, or just abandoned,” and shoot unintentionally, she said in a recent report. NGO Everytown For Gun Safety. around 350 Americans a year on average.

More widely, firearms cause some 40,000 deaths a year in the United States, including suicides, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Brazil: Gun licenses have increased sixfold since Bolsonaru took over as President

The number of Brazilians licensed to carry a firearm increased by 474% from 2018 to 2022, as the government under President Zaich Bolsonaro eased the rules on the issue, according to data released by NGOs on Tuesday.

In 2018, the year the far-right president was elected, 117,467 people had gun licenses as members of sports shooting clubs, hunters or collectors.

Their number has increased sixfold in the days of Mr. Bolsonaro, who took power in January 2019: 673,818 people were in possession of firearms licenses in June 2022, according to data released by the non-governmental organization Brazilian Forum for Public Security (Fórum). Brasileiro de Segurança Pública, FBSP)./p>

The NGO estimates that some 4.4 million firearms are in the hands of individuals in Brazil, citing records held by the military and federal police issuing firearms licenses.

“The problem is that almost a third of these firearms (1.5 million) are in the hands of their illegal owners, as the licenses (which are supposed to be re-approved at regular intervals) were not renewed on time.” , the researcher explained.

Once the licenses expire, it is impossible to determine whether the weapons end up in the hands of criminals, warns the FBSP.

Since taking office, Zaich Bolsonaru, a former army captain, has issued a series of decrees facilitating access to firearms, in particular allowing the purchase of additional weapons and ammunition.

Some of these decrees are being analyzed by the Supreme Court, which is called upon to rule whether they comply with the Constitution or not.

In its annual report on public safety, the FBSP reports that 47,503 homicides were recorded in Brazil in 2021, down 6.5 times % compared to 2020.

But the NGO recalls that the country is still experiencing a state of “extreme violence”: “in 2020, one-fifth of premeditated homicides worldwide were committed in Brazil”, a country that accounts for just 2.7% of the world's population (213 million inhabitants).

The number of homicides decreased in all areas of the country except the north, where the Amazon is located (+ 7.9%).

In the Amazon region – where British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira were assassinated on June 5 – are gathered 13 of the 30 Brazilian cities with the highest homicide rates in the world. >

The most dangerous state capital of Brazil is Macapa, in the state of Amapπά, on the border with Guyana: the homicide rate there is 63.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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