Many in the US pro-gun lobby argue that the way to stop more gun deaths is to put more firearms into the hands of "responsible gun owners".

This line of thinking isn't only argued by those in the NRA but also by some of the country's leading politicians.

But time after time, a news story breaks which shows just how fallible this argument is.

On Sunday morning, the Associated Press reported that a 3-year-old boy died after being accidentally shot in the head by his 6-year-old brother, according to a statement by Chicago police.

Authorities said the boy was carried by a relative to a hospital after being shot about 9:05 pm on Saturday, and was later pronounced dead at a different hospital.

Police say the father of the boys knowingly stored a loaded revolver on top of a refrigerator where children could access it. He has been charged with felony child endangerment and will appear at court on Sunday, according to AP.

While stories like this don't always make headline news, the Chicago Tribune reports that at least one person a week has been shot by a toddler this year in the US.

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