According to the National Health Information Network in a single year, 3,012 children and teens were killed by gunfire in the United States, according to the latest national data released in 2002. That is one child every three hours; eight children every day; and more than 50 children every week. And every year, at least 4 to 5 times as many kids and teens suffer from non-fatal firearm injuries. (Children’s Defense Fund and National Center for Health Statistics). American children are more at risk from firearms than the children of any other industrialized nation. In one year, firearms killed no children in Japan, 19 in Great Britain, 57 in Germany, 109 in France, 153 in Canada, and 5,285 in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control). Faulty records enable terrorists, illegal aliens and criminals to purchase guns. Over a two and a half-year period, at least 9,976 convicted felons and other illegal buyers in 46 states obtained guns because of inadequate records.
In New Jersey we see parents burying their children as a result of gun violence. In most of these cases, the perpetrator is not caught or if he is, he has no assets to compensate the victim-survivors for their loss.
Consult an attorney who will leave no stone unturned in attempting to assess your rights and responsibilities of all those involved. The attorney should inquire into the following:
- Where did the perpetrator get the gun?
- Who is the owner of the gun?
- Was the gun adequately secured by its owner?
- Did anyone know the perpetrator had the gun?
- On whose property did the crime take place?
- Who could have prevented this terrible tragedy from happening?