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MO toddlers responsible for more shootings than in any other state

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A new report from the Washington Post shows toddlers are responsible for 43 shootings in the U.S. in 2015.

That includes five incidents in Missouri, the most of any state.

Of the 43 cases, children three years old and younger have shot and injured themselves or someone else 28 times. And in 15 cases the toddler has killed someone or himself or herself.

Kevin Glaser, a Missouri firearms instructor, said many of these cases likely could have been avoided.

"There's always debate, a fine line between accessibility for the weapon in regards to self-protection,” Glaser said. “Then having that weapon where you're denying access to people that don't need to be in control of it."

He said simply talking to young kids about gun safety may not be enough.

"Children are very inquisitive. If they know mom and dad's got a gun they're going to sneak in there and take a look at it. So can you put it in a place where it's absolutely inaccessible to those toddlers or young kids."

So where's the middle ground?

Glaser said slide or trigger locks are easy to use and affordable.

There are also specially designed lock boxes for securing guns inside a vehicle that have quick access if needed.

The simplest solution Glaser recommends is keep the gun unloaded until you're ready to use it.

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