Amid increase in youth shooting deaths, Utah pediatricians push for tougher gun laws

Second Amendment

This story is one in a series examining the impact of gun violence on Utah’s children and exploring solutions to help keep kids safe.  

SALT LAKE CITYWhat happened over the summer is hard to talk about, but 8-year-old Kael Ellington can sum it up in one word.  

“Scary,” Kael said. “It was very scary.”  

One day in June, he recalled, a blast of dust and glass filled the living room of his family’s Salt Lake City home, and something flew past his cheek. His dad was out getting the mail and returned to find a bullet hole behind the couch where he usually sits while his son plays video games.  

Kael Ellington is pictured in his Salt Lake City home.


“You’d never think it would happen,” Delric Ellington said. “Luckily, we’re fine.” 

That’s not the case for every Utah kid. The number of Utah children and teens killed by gunfire reached a record high in 2020, in part because of a spike in homicides. 

The number of Utah kids and teens dying by gunfire hit a record high in 2020

Concerned about young lives lost to gun violence, some Utah pediatricians are advocating for stricter gun laws. Two doctors told the KSL Investigators they want the issue to be top of mind for state lawmakers.  

Dr. Claudia Fruin lobbied for tougher gun laws in Utah for about a decade. She contends gun owners who don’t store their weapons safely should face jail time if a child finds the weapon and uses it to hurt someone. But her push was unsuccessful. 

“It makes me want to cry,” she said. “There’s no reason a child should ever have access to a gun.”   

Other efforts to tighten gun laws have also failed, like proposals allowing authorities to seize a person’s weapons if a judge deems them a danger to themselves or others. 

There is a reason for that, said Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross. He sponsored a red-flag proposal in 2020 after earlier attempts failed.  

“I think a lot of Republicans are worried if they vote for a red flag bill, they’re going to have the NRA send a postcard to all of their constituents their next election saying, ‘Senator so and so, Representative so and so does not support the 2nd Amendment,’” he said.  

Weiler said he drafted the proposal just like the NRA wanted, but the influential gun rights group still wouldn’t support it, so most of his colleagues didn’t, either.  Press officers for the organization did not provide comment for this story.  

Polling from earlier this year shows Utahns like the idea of stricter gun laws. And state data now shows gunfire is killing more kids than car crashes.   

“Of course, we’re not okay with it,” Weiler said of the troubling trend.  

The issue of gun violence is complex, he continued. He said he’s not certain that proposals designed to ensure Utahns will lock up their guns are a top priority for his colleagues.  

“When you ask about a duty to do something, do what?” he asked. “I think we do care. And I think this is a very complicated problem.” 

Dr. Jennifer Brinton pushed lawmakers for seven years to mandate car seats or booster seats for kids 4-8. The measure passed in 2008.  

Now Brinton, president of the Utah chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said she wants the state to take similar steps to help keep guns away from kids, like a proposalthat failed in 2019. It would have codified safe storage requirements for gun owners, with jail time on the line if a child finds their weapon and shoots someone. 

“We need legislation to help keep our kids safe,” Brinton said. 

Utah doesn’t currently impose penalties on gun owners who fail to keep their weapons out of the reach of children, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.  

Brinton noted parents generally try not to leave toddlers unsupervised around a pool, or near an open bottle of pills, she noted, “so let’s be as safe with guns as we are with other things to protect our children.” 

In Salt Lake City, when the bullet tore through the wall of the Ellington’s home, Kael assumed it was a rogue firework. But he quickly began to worry that a gunman was shooting at one apartment after the next, he said. 

Kael’s had trouble sleeping at night since then, but video games like Fortnite and a new puppy named Delilah have provided comfort, he said.  

“I try to get it off my mind off it,” he said. 

The Ellingtons’ former neighbor, Chase Devin Wright, now faces a charge of reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor. He told police he was practicing “dry firing” the gun, according to charging documents, and forgot there was a round in the chamber. Wright has not yet entered a plea.  

For a list of Utah police departments providing free gun locks to the public, visit the Project Child Safe website: 

Follow reporter Daniella Rivera and producer Annie Knox on Twitter: @DaniellaKSL @anniebknox. 

Have you experienced something you think just isn’t right? The KSL Investigators want to help. Submit your tip at or 385-707-6153 so we can get working for you.

Source link

Articles You May Like

Why Biden’s repeated call for an assault weapons ban could be a political winner
ILA | CA DOJ Gun Owner Data Leak Due to “Deficiencies in Policies, Procedures, and Inadequate Oversight” Study Finds
SHEILA NAZARIAN: It’s Time For Jews To Take Advantage Of The Second Amendment
BOOR REVIEW: ‘American Rifle: The Case for the AR-15″
ILA | NRA-ILA Backed Lawsuit Filed to Challenging Oregon Measure 114


  1. отель стар кингисепп кабардинка пансионаты
    отель грифон отзывы фандорин геленджик официальный сайт holiday inn воронеж официальный сайт
    судак в сентябре дом отдыха в петрозаводске витязево отели все включено с бассейном

  2. hilton nizhny novgorod демократ на фонтанке 104
    family lab тверь цены отели пицунды на берегу моря карагайский бор карта
    гранд отель гагра grand hotel gagra санаторий зорька краснодарский край питание пансион

  3. френдс хостел нижний новгород спа отели в анапе
    санатории алупки на берегу моря васильевский казань гостиница воробей нижний новгород официальный сайт
    санатории свердловская область крым гаспра отели гостиницы в зеленогорске

  4. пансионат одиссея лазаревское мыс видный санаторий арена отзывы
    медовый месяц в крыму отель прованс ростов на дону красная талка геленджик номер телефона
    свердлова 90 ярославль лермонтово гостиницы лучшие отели лазаревского с бассейном

  5. санаторий для аллергиков санаторий в белоруссии официальный сайт
    высота 1240 кисловодск радоновые ванны белокуриха солнечный берег анапа официальный сайт
    бекасово парк отель гора индюк туапсинский район гостиница авиатор красноярск

  6. санатории петербурга г анапа санаторий русь
    хостел в наро фоминске посуточно казачья усадьба болгар курорты белоруссии с лечением и стоимость
    санаторий в турции с лечением цены цандрипш белые скалы как добраться кругозор кисловодск отзывы 2021

  7. гостиница камелот люберцы сертификат для лагеря
    москва и московская область санаторий отдых в какой санаторий лучше поехать в россии отель в сыктывкаре
    гостевой дом алина алушта бассейн в ивангороде гостиница заря чебоксары

  8. есеник чехия пансионат южное взморье адлер официальный
    горящие путевки все включено санатории для похудения в россии недорого хаят отель сочи официальный сайт
    лучшие санатории на новый год спа бекасово анапа в начале сентября

  9. отель дворец свадеб екатеринбург красные холмы павлово гостиница
    ялта снять гостиницу у моря номер в гостинице томск отдых в абхазии пицунда 2021
    орленок кмв базовый санаторий им м в ломоносова отель барселона судак крым

  10. марсель симферополь гостиница санаторий сочи с лечением
    санаторий центросоюза кисловодск отзывы красная поляна отели все включено такси геленджик кабардинка
    хостел фреш архангельск санаторий самарский телефон санаторий мисхор кореиз официальный сайт

  11. база отдыха пушкиногорье отдых в межводном крым 2021
    п лермонтово краснодарский санатории белоруссии список санатории в ессентуках цены
    magellan panorama грейс один отдых в минводах

  12. гостиница рассвет чаны туры на майские праздники
    курорт янгантау цены гостиница турист адрес пятигорск зори ставрополья официальный сайт
    гостиница палас ялта официальный сайт островок отель 2 витязево отдых крым все включено

  13. база отдыха мо гостиница в суздале горячие ключи
    гостиницы в черемхово поиск дешевых туров бювет кисловодск
    санатории на селигере с бассейном все включено радоновые ванны для чего холидей инн садовая 62

  14. санаторий имени орджоникидзе сочи официальный сайт дельфинарий большой утриш официальный сайт цены
    село агараки агентский договор в туризме санаторий дубки официальный сайт
    цены на отдых в крыму санаторий радуга отдых в адлере в январе 2022

  15. Oğlu ile seks yapan anneler araması için 764⭐ porno filmi listeniyor.
    En iyi oğlu ile seks yapan anneler sikiş videoları 7DAK ile, kaliteli
    sikiş videoları, türkçe izlenme rekoru kıran seks izle.
    Bende şişman sikişen kadınlar pornosu izle Emre anlatınca içimden tam olarak bunu yaşamak geldi ama nasıl.

  16. санаторий планета крым санаторий на банном озере башкирии
    санаторий родина ялта пансионат водопад новый афон абхазия официальный сайт амра парк отель спа гагра фото
    гостиница колос в москве пансионат в карелии с питанием цены гостиница краснодарский край

  17. Heya are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you need any coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  18. You are my intake, I possess few blogs and occasionally run out from post :). “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” by E. B. White.

  19. Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the net the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people consider worries that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  20. Magnificent goods from you, man. I have be aware your stuff previous to and you’re simply extremely great. I really like what you’ve obtained here, really like what you are saying and the way in which by which you assert it. You’re making it enjoyable and you still care for to stay it wise. I can not wait to read far more from you. That is really a wonderful web site.

  21. Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it’s really informative. I am gonna watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  22. Once I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get four emails with the identical comment. Is there any way you’ll be able to take away me from that service? Thanks!

  23. Usually I do not learn article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, quite great post.

  24. Do you have a spam issue on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; many of us have created some nice methods and we are looking to trade strategies with others, please shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  25. I’m typically to running a blog and i actually recognize your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and hold checking for brand new information.

  26. Hey! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  27. Thanks for some other fantastic post. Where else may just anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect manner of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I’m on the search for such info.

  28. Hi , I do believe this is an excellent blog. I stumbled upon it on Yahoo , i will come back once again. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and help other people.

  29. Thanx for the effort, keep up the good work Great work, I am going to start a small Blog Engine course work using your site I hope you enjoy blogging with the popular you express are really awesome. Hope you will right some more posts.

  30. Magnificent goods from you, man. I have remember your stuff prior to and you are just extremely wonderful. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you’re stating and the way wherein you say it. You’re making it entertaining and you still care for to stay it smart. I cant wait to learn much more from you. This is actually a terrific site.

  31. I intended to post you the little bit of word to be able to say thanks again for your fantastic suggestions you’ve featured on this page. It has been really surprisingly open-handed of people like you to deliver openly all a few people would have offered for an electronic book to end up making some dough on their own, notably now that you might have tried it if you ever wanted. The points in addition acted like the fantastic way to fully grasp other people online have the same interest like mine to grasp a whole lot more with regards to this condition. Certainly there are several more pleasant sessions in the future for people who scan through your blog.

  32. Hey there, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Chrome, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, fantastic blog!

  33. I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.

  34. I do agree with all of the ideas you have presented in your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for newbies. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  35. hey there and thank you for your info – I have definitely picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical issues using this website, as I experienced to reload the site many times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your web host is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but slow loading instances times will very frequently affect your placement in google and can damage your high quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Well I am adding this RSS to my e-mail and could look out for a lot more of your respective exciting content. Make sure you update this again very soon..

  36. Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

  37. Howdy! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics? Appreciate it!

  38. Someone essentially help to make seriously posts I would state. This is the very first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I amazed with the research you made to make this particular publish amazing. Magnificent job!

  39. My wife and i ended up being quite satisfied Emmanuel managed to do his research out of the precious recommendations he received through your weblog. It is now and again perplexing to simply happen to be giving out strategies which often some other people might have been selling. And we understand we need the website owner to be grateful to for this. All the explanations you have made, the straightforward site menu, the relationships you help foster – it is many terrific, and it’s really letting our son in addition to our family know that that topic is brilliant, and that is extraordinarily serious. Thanks for all the pieces!

  40. Hello, Neat post. There’s a problem together with your web site in web explorer, could test thisK IE nonetheless is the marketplace chief and a good element of other folks will pass over your wonderful writing due to this problem.

  41. I just could not depart your web site prior to suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the standard info a person provide for your visitors? Is gonna be back often in order to check up on new posts

  42. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such great info being shared freely out there.

  43. Fantastic blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally confused .. Any tips? Thank you!

  44. You really make it seem really easy with your presentation but I in finding this matter to be actually something that I believe I would never understand. It sort of feels too complex and very wide for me. I’m looking ahead to your subsequent publish, I?¦ll attempt to get the dangle of it!

  45. I and also my buddies were found to be following the excellent tips and tricks on the website while all of a sudden I got an awful suspicion I never thanked the blog owner for those strategies. Those young men were so happy to see all of them and now have honestly been taking pleasure in those things. Appreciate your simply being well accommodating and also for deciding upon varieties of perfect themes most people are really eager to be aware of. Our honest regret for not expressing appreciation to sooner.

  46. I would like to thnkx for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I am hoping the same high-grade blog post from you in the upcoming as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own blog now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a good example of it.

  47. What¦s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & aid other customers like its helped me. Good job.

  48. Hiya, I am really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish just about gossips and net and this is actually annoying. A good web site with interesting content, this is what I need. Thanks for keeping this web-site, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Cant find it.

  49. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  50. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  51. A powerful share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing slightly evaluation on this. And he the truth is bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love studying extra on this topic. If attainable, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your weblog with extra particulars? It is highly useful for me. Massive thumb up for this weblog post!

  52. of course like your web site however you need to check the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very troublesome to tell the truth then again I’ll certainly come back again.

  53. Hey very nice web site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your site and take the feeds also…I’m happy to find numerous useful information here in the post, we need work out more strategies in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  54. Fantastic goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too magnificent. I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise. I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is actually a tremendous web site.

  55. Koreli Damat Adayının Tuzlu Kahve ile İmtihanı 1.229 İzlesene Videolar Komik Videolar exixiz Facebook’ta Paylaş Bildir Yüklenme Tarihi: 20:03 Kız
    isteme merasiminde ikram edilen tuzlu kahveden nasibini alan Koreli damadın adeta hayatı kaymış Etiketler: komikler Komik Videolar Sosyal Medya Fenomenleri Komik Video Reklam 00:

  56. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually know what you’re talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly also visit my site =). We could have a link exchange contract between us!

  57. Have you ever thought about creating an ebook or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog based upon on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would value your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e-mail.

  58. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  59. obviously like your website however you have to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very bothersome to tell the reality then again I?¦ll surely come back again.

  60. Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  61. Definitely consider that which you said. Your favourite reason appeared to be at the web the easiest thing to understand of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed even as other folks think about worries that they plainly don’t realize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as smartly as defined out the whole thing with no need side-effects , people can take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

  62. Heya just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

  63. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it develop over time.

  64. Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your web-site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this website. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched all over the place and just could not come across. What a perfect site.

  65. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an e-mail. I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

  66. Hey would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  67. You actually make it appear so easy together with your presentation but I in finding this matter to be actually something that I believe I would by no means understand. It kind of feels too complex and extremely huge for me. I’m having a look forward on your subsequent publish, I will attempt to get the hold of it!

  68. Hey there! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any points or suggestions? Cheers

  69. I was recommended this web site by way of my cousin. I am not positive whether this post is written by him as no one else recognise such targeted about my difficulty. You are wonderful! Thanks!

  70. I haven¦t checked in here for some time since I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  71. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all people you actually recognise what you are talking approximately! Bookmarked. Kindly also talk over with my website =). We will have a hyperlink change agreement between us!

  72. Good info and straight to the point. I don’t know if this is really the best place to ask but do you people have any thoughts on where to employ some professional writers? Thanks in advance 🙂

  73. Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Many thanks

  74. I am curious to find out what blog platform you happen to be using? I’m experiencing some minor security issues with my latest website and I would like to find something more safe. Do you have any solutions?

  75. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  76. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

  77. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I will learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  78. What i do not understood is in truth how you are now not actually a lot more neatly-preferred than you might be right now. You are very intelligent. You already know thus considerably when it comes to this subject, produced me for my part believe it from numerous varied angles. Its like women and men aren’t fascinated unless it is one thing to do with Girl gaga! Your own stuffs great. At all times care for it up!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *