Another Boy Dies in Ohio, America’s Capital of "Accidental" Child Shootings
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Jul 9, 2013
On Saturday, the New York Daily News reported that, since Newtown, at least 40 children 12 and under have died in “accidental” shootings—ones in which the child either shot himself or was shot by another child. Make that 41: On Sunday night a 4-year-old Ohio boy apparently shot and killed himself with an unsecured gun while his 1- and 5-year-old siblings watched. Police report that three handguns were found in the room where Raytwon Briggs was shot. It’s not yet clear who owned the guns, or how they were stored, or whether anyone will be charged in the matter. The local police chief told WKBN television that “we’re working with the theory right now that it was probably accidental but we got a long way to go yet until we can say that for sure.”
If you read this blog often, you know what’s coming next. All together now: Accidental child shootings are almost never accidents. The death of Raytwon Briggs comes one week after a 4-year-old Kentucky boy shot and killed his 6-year-old sister with their grandfather’s pistol. The man had apparently been cleaning his pistol while his grandchildren looked on, and when he set it down and stepped out of the room, his grandson grabbed the gun and pulled the trigger. Both of these incidents could’ve been prevented if the responsible adults in these situations had acted responsibly and followed basic gun safety procedures, such as not keeping three handguns in a place where a 4-year-old can easily find and access them; not cleaning your pistol while it is loaded; and not leaving it unsecured in front of unsupervised children who might just pick it up and shoot it because they’re kids and they don’t know any better.
I know I say this every week, and I’m sorry to be repetitive, but what can I do—people keep making the same mistakes. When it comes to firearm safety, negligent gun owners create their own bad luck. It’s my contention that these sorts of shootings often constitute criminal negligence, and that the relevant parents and guardians ought to be prosecuted, if only to send the message that society will not and should not stand for a cavalier approach to gun safety when children are involved.
Read More: http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/07/08/r...
#2 Jul 10, 2013
When will it end?
#4 Jul 12, 2013
America is tired of this reign of terror brought on us by the NRA.
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