Guns Don't Kill People . . .

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Robobloger

Columbus, OH

#1 May 1, 2013
5-year-old boy shoots 2-year-old sister in Ky.
BURKESVILLE, Ky.(AP) A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death in rural southern Kentucky with a rifle he had received as a gift last year, authorities said.
The children's mother was home at the time of the shooting Tuesday afternoon but had stepped out to the front porch for a few minutes and "she heard the gun go off," Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said. He said the rifle was kept in a corner and the family didn't realize a bullet was left inside it.
White told the Lexington Herald-Leader the boy received the .22-caliber rifle as a gift.
"It's a Crickett," White said, referring to a company that specifically makes guns, clothes and books for children. "It's a little rifle for a kid.... The little boy's used to shooting the little gun."
The company that made the gun, Milton, Pa.-based Keystone Sporting Arms, produced 60,000 Crickett and Chipmunk rifles in 2008, according to its website. It also makes guns for adults, but most of its products are geared toward children. The smaller guns come in all sorts of colors, including blue and pink.
The company's slogan is "my first rifle" and its website has a "Kids Corner" section where pictures of young boys and girls are displayed, most of them showing the children at shooting ranges and on bird and deer hunts. The smaller rifles are sold with a mount to use at a shooting range.
"The goal of KSA is to instill gun safety in the minds of youth shooters and encourage them to gain the knowledge and respect that hunting and shooting activities require and deserve," the website said.
No one at the company answered the phone Wednesday.
http://hosted2.ap.org/OHCOL/8ef5320729ce4298a...
Geronimo

Reynoldsburg, OH

#2 May 1, 2013
just saying

Reynoldsburg, OH

#3 May 1, 2013
It is the will of a benevolent and merciful God.
Fred Columbus OH

Portsmouth, OH

#4 May 2, 2013
Actually most of the time lately the guns do the work for a dangerous N----R to use.

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#5 May 2, 2013
Fred Columbus OH wrote:
Actually most of the time lately the guns do the work for a dangerous N----R to use.
This was a five-year-old white kid who shot his baby sister.

You just missed by a mile.
They cannot kill a Spook

Toledo, OH

#6 May 2, 2013
Robobloger wrote:
5-year-old boy shoots 2-year-old sister in Ky.
BURKESVILLE, Ky.(AP) A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death in rural southern Kentucky with a rifle he had received as a gift last year, authorities said.
The children's mother was home at the time of the shooting Tuesday afternoon but had stepped out to the front porch for a few minutes and "she heard the gun go off," Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said. He said the rifle was kept in a corner and the family didn't realize a bullet was left inside it.
White told the Lexington Herald-Leader the boy received the .22-caliber rifle as a gift.
"It's a Crickett," White said, referring to a company that specifically makes guns, clothes and books for children. "It's a little rifle for a kid.... The little boy's used to shooting the little gun."
The company that made the gun, Milton, Pa.-based Keystone Sporting Arms, produced 60,000 Crickett and Chipmunk rifles in 2008, according to its website. It also makes guns for adults, but most of its products are geared toward children. The smaller guns come in all sorts of colors, including blue and pink.
The company's slogan is "my first rifle" and its website has a "Kids Corner" section where pictures of young boys and girls are displayed, most of them showing the children at shooting ranges and on bird and deer hunts. The smaller rifles are sold with a mount to use at a shooting range.
"The goal of KSA is to instill gun safety in the minds of youth shooters and encourage them to gain the knowledge and respect that hunting and shooting activities require and deserve," the website said.
No one at the company answered the phone Wednesday.
http://hosted2.ap.org/OHCOL/8ef5320729ce4298a...
Still the problem is with the kid and his parents not the fire arm. By 5 the boy should have been responsible enough to know not to point a rifle at someone he didn't intend to kill.

I had several rifles by age 5 and didn't kill anyone until later in life
VADoc

United States

#7 May 3, 2013
I received my first rifle at 6. My first shotgun at 7. I also hunted with my rifle and shot a lot without supervision. Never did shoot anyone or myself. The crazy thing is we were taught at an early age that guns are tools and are to be treated with safety and respect. That's how my grandmother's home had 3 rifles, a pistol, and a couple shotguns in the kitchen pantry area and boxes of ammo and 8 grand kids ran around the house unsupervised and we never shot each other. Amazing. It can be done folks.

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#8 May 3, 2013
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
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Still the problem is with the kid and his parents not the fire arm. By 5 the boy should have been responsible enough to know not to point a rifle at someone he didn't intend to kill.
I had several rifles by age 5 and didn't kill anyone until later in life
Sorry--developmentally you are way off the mark.

Five-year-olds have a far greater capacity for knowing the rule than for following the rule. They also have very limited capacity for conceptualizing death--their own or that of others.

Lotta people used to store all their cleaning chemicals in the kitchen under the sink, without child-safe gizmos. Apparently a lotta kids managed to grow up anyways. Still doesn't make it a good idea.

And a company that markets guns to kids as young as five has to bear some ethical responsibility.

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#9 May 3, 2013
VADoc wrote:
I received my first rifle at 6. My first shotgun at 7. I also hunted with my rifle and shot a lot without supervision. Never did shoot anyone or myself. The crazy thing is we were taught at an early age that guns are tools and are to be treated with safety and respect. That's how my grandmother's home had 3 rifles, a pistol, and a couple shotguns in the kitchen pantry area and boxes of ammo and 8 grand kids ran around the house unsupervised and we never shot each other. Amazing. It can be done folks.
So, somebody just screwed up.

Oops.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#10 May 3, 2013
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
I had several rifles by age 5 and didn't kill anyone until later in life
You were just a late bloomer.
VADoc

United States

#11 May 3, 2013
FKA Reader wrote:
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So, somebody just screwed up.
Oops.
Yep someone let a 5 year old who didn't know how to treat the weapon with respect alone.

Poor parenting. Sorry it wasn't the gun's fault.

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#12 May 3, 2013
VADoc wrote:
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Yep someone let a 5 year old who didn't know how to treat the weapon with respect alone.
Poor parenting. Sorry it wasn't the gun's fault.
The poor parenting was in choosing to give a five-year-old a gun for his birthday.

MAYBE he won't kill anybody!

Oops.
VADoc

Aiken, SC

#13 May 3, 2013
FKA Reader wrote:
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The poor parenting was in choosing to give a five-year-old a gun for his birthday.
MAYBE he won't kill anybody!
Oops.
No the mistake was leaving a 5 year old alone with the gun where ammo is.

I bought my nephew a cricket and he is very safe with it and goes shooting with me whenever I return to Ohio.

We know reader you hate guns. You completely ignore the poor adult supervision and blame the gun. How typical of you.

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