Kid finds gun, kills himself

For the second time in less than a week, a young boy in southwestern Ohio has died after a shooting in the home. Full Story
Annabuckeyenut

Sidney, OH

#1 Jul 24, 2009
As long it was within reasonable reach of a child There should be charges filed ,What a sad story.
CHUCKO

United States

#2 Jul 24, 2009
In these cases, those who should have secured the weapons did not. With terrible results. They have paid heavily for their carelessness.
Angry Young American

Circleville, OH

#3 Jul 24, 2009
Of course charges should be filed against the parent or whoever left a loaded handgun within easy reach of a child. Kids that age can't distinguish between toy and real guns.
a reader

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Jul 24, 2009
And yet there are those who believe that current ownership laws are sufficient to prevent those who are not competent to handle the responsibility of a gun from obtaining them.
jerkmychain

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 24, 2009
Sad sad story that did not have to happen. I understand wanting to own a gun, my husband and I both are gun owners but more importantly, we are parents and when you have children you simply can't leave them out. My husband and I had a discussion not long ago over this same thing. He wanted to "hide" it in the closet. No way!! If you have children in your house then the gun needs to be locked up. Period. Take a guess who won that "discussion".
Ghostryder

Galloway, OH

#6 Jul 24, 2009
Gun =$500 Gun locker =$50 Your Child = PRICELESS

Gun owners, lock your gun up if you have children in the house. This could be you featured in this story. Don`t let it be.
westsideandproud

Circleville, OH

#7 Jul 24, 2009
a reader wrote:
And yet there are those who believe that current ownership laws are sufficient to prevent those who are not competent to handle the responsibility of a gun from obtaining them.
Current ownership laws for automobiles, kitchen knives, paint thinner, and power tools don't prevent the incompetent from misusing them either with lethal effect and yet there are millions more who do use them responsibly because they learned how. When it comes to guns, however, the number of law-abiding gun owners who are sufficiently trained in how to use and store firearms safely are outnumbered by the casual law-abiding gun purchasers who buy a firearm but never learn how to use it with any degree of proficiency. There needs to be more of an effort to either train firearm purchasers adequately or make it clear to them that they shouldn't buy one if they're not prepared to learn how to use it. Merely banning handguns (which is probably what you're implying in your post) won't solve the problem.
Heather

Groveport, OH

#8 Jul 24, 2009
This is why they make gun cabinets. I swear people are becoming more irresponsible every day. The thing is I live with someone who does foster care and do you know we couldn't even have our guns in our cabinet because it was glass fronted. Very understandable. But they're so involved in making sure that there is no possible way for these troubled children to get hurt, and they should, but what about everyday kids. I think that if they can come in your house and make sure you have food and its clean enough they should check for other safety issues too. Just a thought.
LJC

Dayton, OH

#9 Aug 13, 2009
This was a precious little boy, who was adorn by his family. The guilt and self-blame is enough to make anyone go mad. The mother had no choice but to face the tragic situation through to the end. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. Hopefully, people will use caution as a result of the horrible reality of this child's passing.
lastnerve

Columbus, OH

#10 Aug 13, 2009
I'm a mother and I simply cannot imagine what this mother is going through... the entire family. It is awful. My heart goes out to her and the family... their life will forever be changed.

RIP little one.
mom

Cincinnati, OH

#11 Oct 15, 2009
i am still praying for this family.
Mike

Marysville, OH

#12 Oct 15, 2009
It's not difficult to secure your firearm, I don't even have kids and live alone and I still keep mine secured
mom

Cincinnati, OH

#14 Oct 16, 2009
that is so utterly sad.i would just die,if i lost one of my children that way.
GAR--142

Columbus, OH

#15 Oct 16, 2009
CHUCKO wrote:
In these cases, those who should have secured the weapons did not. With terrible results. They have paid heavily for their carelessness.
PARTIALLY paid.

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