How guns kill children: Chapter 6
Most accidental gun deaths, when children shoot children, take place in the home. A parent or friend (a/k/a “responsible gun owner,” in his or her own eyes) leaves a loaded pistol or rifle lying around where a child can find it. Kid know from TV that you’re supposed to point guns at people and say “bam,” so they do.
But children whose parents don’t keep unsafe guns are endangered, too. In Memphis, a 5-year-old took a loaded pistol to school in his backpack. It discharged in the cafeteria, luckily injuring no one, include the child who carried it. Some schools are arming teachers against the disturbed teens and adults who might use schools as shooting galleries. Who protects our children against injury by other children, due to irresponsible parents who make free with guns?
And in other stories:
1. In Belleville, IL, a group of children at play upstairs found a loaded handgun. A six-year-old picked it up, and shot and killed an 11-year-old. A detective told the local TV station that, “at this time,” charges would not be brought against the child. How about charges against the adult who left a loaded gun where kids could find it? http://bit.ly/13QG9IZ
2. In Dundee, Mich., a 4-year-old killed himself with a loaded handgun. The gun’s owner, not identified in the story, has been charged with manslaughter and gross negligence. That’s a case I’d like to see go forward. http://bit.ly/1706iUf
3. In Henderson County, Tenn., a dad was showing his AR-15 assault rifle to friends when it “accidentally discharged” and set a small fire. The room was full of ammunition. The friends apparently left, but the man’s 12-year-old son went in to help put out the fire. The room blew up, killing both. BTW, there is no such thing as a gun that goes off by itself. The man had to have mishandled it, and pulled the trigger. http://bit.ly/14yt5lZ
4. In St. Louis, a mentally disabled man, 20, thought he was playing with a toy shotgun that he found behind a dresser. It was a cute gun, sprayed with gold paint. He fired and killed his 15-year-old sister. http://bit.ly/17aBgc8
5. In Greenwich, Conn., a 15-year-old, bullied at school for years, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The gun was in the home, inside a gun locker.http://bit.ly/14DNgCH