(AlterNet) -- The always enjoyable Christopher Ingraham over at Washington Post's Wonk Blog noticed something pretty crazy: At least six Americans over the past five years have been shot by their dogs. While generally rare, these accidents are relatively frequent in our country compared to other countries, namely due to Americans' love of guns, hunting and dogs.
Ingraham's investigation was in response to a recent story of an Indiana woman who was shot in the leg by her Labrador retriever, Trigger (yes, that's the dog's real name), who stepped on her shotgun which was laying around loaded with the safety off. Like most dog-on-human gun violence, the incident took place during a hunting trip. The episode led Wonk Blog to ask, how often does this type of thing happen? More than one would expect. Here's the breakdown:
The reason for this frequency can likely be explained by the sheer ubiquity of guns in America; half the world's total by some estimates. As Ingraham notes:
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