5 y.o. boy kills 2 y.o. sister with birthday rifle

It’s been a tragic week for child gun accidents.  Two 2-year-olds and a 3-year old have been shot dead in the past few days in gun accidents.

In Kentucky, a 5-year-old boy shot and killed his 2-year-old sister.  He was using his own gun, a rifle made for kids called “My First Rifle,” that he got as a birthday gift the year before.  His parents “didn’t realize” the real gun they let their 5 year old play with had live ammo in it at the time.  In all fairness to the parents, what could possibly go wrong with giving a 5 year old a loaded rifle as a gift?

Interestingly, the story says the gun’s child safety lock was in place and operational. And it was just a “tragic accident.”  Then how did the gun go off?

I went to the “My First Rifle” web site, and look, they even have pink ones for girls!

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Then there was the 3-year-old boy in Tampa who found a loaded gun in his uncle’s backpack, and shot himself dead.  The proud defender of the Second Amendment uncle apparently didn’t think it was a problem leaving a loaded gun in a 3-year-old boy’s bedroom.

And there’s the 2-year-old Texas boy who shot himself in the head, and died, after finding his dad’s loaded handgun. How does a 2 year old get a loaded handgun if it’s way up on a shelf above a kid’s reach?  Unless it isn’t.

Then there’s the 13-year-old boy who accidentally shot his 6-year-old sister with the gun they found in their home in Florida.  And the 4-year-old boy in Alabama who’s in critical condition after finding a gun in a bedroom and either he shot himself, or a 4-year-old girl who was with him shot him.

Then, not a child gun story, but just a moron gun story, there’s the guy who fell asleep on his gun, after cleaning it, only to roll over and accidentally shoot himself through the chest.

Of course, gun advocates are claiming that the problem isn’t guns, it’s kids with guns, or something.

State Rep. Robert R. Damron, a Democrat and an outspoken gun rights advocate in Kentucky, said the problem is not guns, but the parents who do not teach gun safety and responsibility.

“Why single out firearms? Why not talk about all the other things that endanger children, too?” he said. “The Second Amendment doesn’t give anybody carte blanche freedom to put children and juveniles at risk.”

First off, the boy was 5.  According to WebMD, he probably still needs help wiping his behind after pooping, so good luck teaching him how to handle a deadly weapon.

Second, yes, there are lots of other things that endanger children too.  And the government already regulates the hell out of all those other things that can hurt kids, and we even ban kids from having a number of them – things like drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol come to mind.  But we don’t ban kids from having guns, and thanks to John Dingell (D-MI) we don’t even regulate guns as consumer products, because that would infringe on your right to let your pre-pre-school child shoot himself in the head.

As we’ve noted before, the NRA has been targeting kids for a long while now.  The NRA’s even launched a new iPhone app, only three week after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.  The app is geared for kids as young as four years of age. That is, if they’re still alive.


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  • Rebekah Kaminski

    Are you fucking kidding me. ALL of these adults should go to jail. Fucking idiots.

  • Jenny Spicher

    I believe in the right to bear arms. Obviously, these were all negligent and irresponsible parents. My son is four years old. He isn’t allowed to handle a real gun, ever, ours are locked in our safe. He does however know gun safety from his Dad showing him on his fake gun that he has. My son wants to be a police officer when he gets older. Gun safety should be in the forefront of a parents mind, especially when one chooses to gift their five year old son with one and let him “play” with it? Really? Guns aren’t toys. These parents should be prosecuted. Putting a gun on a shelf, even though it sounds like he didn’t, isn’t acceptable and a man who served in the army should know that and should have taken precautions when he knowingly brought a gun into the house with a small child.
    My husband and I both own guns; we also know gun safety and store our guns properly. Our two children are young, but are still being taught about gun safety and are not under any circumstances allowed to handle a real weapon. The second amendment is for militia and the people to also be able to bear arms, in case of our country being invaded or if we have a tyrant or a dictator for a leader, which in my opinion is happening right now. The NRA goes to schools and has seminars on gun safety, to teach children gun safety. These parents were negligent and irresponsible and while I feel for them as a parent myself, losing a child is horrible tragedy to have to live through, they should have been more adamant about teaching their children how dangerous firearms can be, especially when in the hands of an untrained person or a child.

  • MusicGamer

    Okay, okay, my bad. I’ve just seen the stuff that the NRA does and it just…I dunno, for some reason it didn’t sit well with me. I apologize for apparently being misinformed and uneducated about the inner workings of American institutions.

  • Ajay Prasad

    My first rifle! HA. Is that all we have left to gift
    our kids on birthdays? Why do we then have these intellectual discussions about
    the gun culture and stuff? Aren’t we teaching them young! Great example of
    teaching them young.

  • The Dude

    Okay, look. Now I know this is a direct reply to this current post, but I’m going to be picking apart your previous posts as well. First off, if you take away the guns from the people, then what is going to stop the bad guys, who are already getting them illegally, from getting a gun and shooting you dead, because you have something they want. Secondly, have you read the second amendment? Because if you did, then you clearly didn’t read it carefully, the second amendment CLEARLY outlines that the populace has the right to keep and bear arms. It states that it is for a militia, which is formed of the townsfolk of a particular town or city. It is supposed to be a last line of defense, for if, or when, the bad guys from another country invade, or we have a tyrant for a leader, which, in my opinion, is already coming to fruition. Thirdly, most gun owners have guns, not to go out and actively shoot people, but to protect themselves from the people who do want to go out and kill. This is why we have the NRA, so that like minded, conservative people can have an open forum for discussion on the legal practices of gun use. Did you know that the NRA actively goes to schools to teach children gun safety, and has several seminars a year to teach both children and adults? I suggest you do some research before bashing an american institution.

  • http://twitter.com/God1st1 Alan

    I want to know if charges are going to be filed for the negligent parents that leave loaded guns unlocked.

  • MusicGamer

    Okay, let me just stop you right there. I’m liberal, and you don’t see me immediately blaming guns. …Well, okay, maybe you do in my earlier post, but I’ve had some time to clear my head from the intense emotion running through my head after reading the article.

    I agree that irresponsible adults are indeed at fault here; barring just not having the guns in the first place, those parents should have done all they could to keep the weapons from the children’s hands. The parents of the child who is this article’s subject shouldn’t have even bought the kid that rifle, that was immensely stupid of them.

    However, I feel that guns should largely be in the hands of law enforcement and the military. I believe that is who guns were intended for in the first place when the Second Amendment was written.

    But hey. That’s my opinion and interpretation of this kind of issue. Like I said, I’m liberal (well, liberal-ish, considering I don’t like affiliating myself with either side. Brings about conflict with people that I would rather not be a part of, to be honest), but I’m willing to at least consider both sides of the argument and concede that they both have good points.

  • Macrodney

    I love seeing the liberals in these comments jump RIGHT on the boat and blame the guns for killing the kids, because according to them guns are directly created from the devil’s hands himself. Let’s not even stop to think for a second that the irresponsible adults are at fault here for not locking them up and doing all they can to keep the weapons out of their children’s hands.

  • MusicGamer

    While I agree that getting rid of them entirely most likely won’t work, I still think that guns should be limited to the military and law enforcement ONLY. It’s my belief that the Second Amendment intended for the right to bear arms to be used in a militia sort of capacity. Of course, we don’t really have militias anymore (Or maybe we do; feel free to correct me if I’m wrong), but the idea still stands that the ones protecting the country and the general public should be the ones that have guns.
    If said general public are the ones to have guns, generally it leads to murder, to mass shootings, to little children shooting themselves or others because they didn’t know any better.
    I do agree with you, however, in that I feel like irresponsible parenting played a rather significant role in incidents like the ones described in this article. But it isn’t the ONLY problem.

  • Black * Rock Shooter

    Like the article said its not the guns that are the problem. Its kids with guns or more specifically “Dumb ass Parents who leave out their guns for kids”. Its like if I left my beer and other alcoholic drinks in the fridge and NOT expect my kids to get to it at some point! It’s going to happen if I do so thats why they aren’t in there. Guns don’t just go out into the world saying, “Hey I’m going out to kill some kids for the lulz”. No they’re meant to protect so I don’t see why people want to get rid of them. Yeah people use them for the wrong reasons like shooting innocent people. But what will limiting the limitation or even banning it do? The criminals don’t care whats limited or banned they’re going to get it anyway. And dammit stop trying to pin the blame on games when its just irresponsibility for these kids by their parents all over the place!

  • MusicGamer

    Can someone please explain to me why the NRA even exists? The Second Amendment is not a good enough reason to even have them around; they’re a bunch of idiotic smegpots that would overlook the deaths of these poor children as long as they got to keep their goddamn guns.
    And for that matter, the Second Amendment doesn’t even mention the populace owning guns; it was intended for use by the Armed Forces and by law enforcement, not for the general population to go and shoot themselves or each other in the face with.
    And furthermore, children are too curious for their own good; if you tell them not to point a gun or a similarly dangerous object – like say, a knife – at another human being, of course they’re gonna do the opposite of what you tell them, simply because they wanna see how it works. And by that point you get tragedies like what is told about in this article.
    Good lord. Sometimes I really do despise this country. Or, more specifically, the organizations running it.

  • TheHelton

    This is clearly a case of irresponsibility on the part of the adults. But whoever wrote this had their head too far up their ass to actually know what gun laws exist. The 2nd Amendment exists so that responsible adults who can legally make their own choices are granted the irrevocable right to protect themselves from whatever forces may impose upon them threat of harm, NOT so that kids can shoot at whatever the hell they so please.

  • benb

    If little Ricky had off’ed his baby sister with momma’s oxycontin (“We thought it was empty”), you can be sure there would be a lawsuit:

    http://www.salem-news.com/articles/january162013/kentucky-purdue-ms.php

  • cole3244

    we are supposed to be the most intelligent species on the planet, i seriously doubt that.

  • samizdat

    Well, at least the Cricket is Made in the USA. So, that’s nice. /s

    I don’t really even know what to say about this. It seems that adults are failing children simply because of ideological mania.

  • UncleBucky

    Shining city on a hill! Oh, no, wait. That’s the glow of all the laser sights pointing outward.

  • UncleBucky

    Homer put a crayon up his nose.

  • Naja pallida

    The only thing that can stop a bad child with a gun, is a good child with a gun. Right? Obviously, the only LaPierre-approved solution here is that his sister should have been armed too.

  • UncleBucky

    Hm. Guns don’t kill. But dogs jumping on guns can kill. Cats can also kill with guns, if they pull the trigger. Pet monkeys, too. Infants have an incredible grip! Kids are always trying to see how things work, and when they do, well, things happen. Teens, too, are inquisitive and want to see if things really do work. Amazing.

    But in each of those cases, if you substitute the gun for a TV clicker, a block of wood, or a bag o’ beans, everybody lives. Why IS IT that when you put a gun or rifle in the place of the clicker, block, or bag, do things go so badly?

  • TheOriginalLiz

    Natural Selection in action.

  • PeteWa

    don’t blame the guns, these kids would have committed murder or suicide with crayons or legos if that were the only option available to them, and we all know it.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Babies killing babies with toy guns. Now ain’t America exceptional?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alan-Alexander/502988241 Alan Alexander

    I have no more shits to give. I will care when they put one of these idiot parents in jail for ten years for aggravated assault or manslaughter. But why should I care about the death of children whose parents didn’t love them as much as the guns they cling to? Why should I bother my beautiful mind (as Barbara Bush would say) with the death of children who would have grown up to be just like their parents — ignorant, hateful members of the GOP death cult?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    As I suggested the other day, when I urged them to go ahead and launch their secessionist insurrection, then we’ll all see how the rest of America feels about them shooting at and killing our servicemen and -women and police.

    The same troops and cops these dinks say they love and are the “good guys with guns.”

    The result is far more likely to be Waco and Ruby Ridge, and not the “Red Dawn” of their fantasies.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Why single out firearms? Because most of the dangers kids face aren’t instantly fatal.

    If the problem isn’t the guns, but parents who fail to teach their kids gun safety and responsibility, why isn’t it mandatory to do so? We also routinely presume that young children are simply not capable of making adult decisions — but we exempt the possession and handling of lethal weapons from that equation?

    We don’t let kids drive cars, smoke, drink alcohol, or vote. But apparently it’s fine to give a firearm to a toddler who hasn’t even completely mastered the English language.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    It’s even more serious than that. The administration of the NRA has become a crypto, secessionist militia one breath short of terrorism and treason.

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    Fucking hell.

    When are these moronic rednecks going to teach their damned kids about muzzle control?!? Or, you know, get a freaking gun lock. (Which in many places, local law enforcement will provide for free.) If we can teach kids to believe unquestionably in Santa Claus and Jesus, they should be able to grasp a simple concept like ‘never point this at another human being’.

  • http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Arel Harry R. Sohl

    Sadly, on average more than one child under 14 died every day in 2010 from a gun.

  • Indigo

    We accept these events quietly, the price of allowing the gunslingers at the NRA to define the Second Amendment. When we decide they’ve gone too far, we’ll force change on them. We haven’t done that yet so clearly, we’re okay with it so far.

  • DonewithDems

    Just imagine what will happen when we have teacher with loaded firearms in classrooms with kids the way the NRA is advocating. Kids can kill themselves and each other in school as well as at home. Makes sense to me! How quickly “My First Rifle” turns into “My First Accidental Murder”!

  • Whitewitch

    Poor babies. Shoot they even regulate swimming pools in most counties, you have to have a locked fence enclosure around the pool. Why you ask, because small children don’t know danger when they see and even if you tell them repeatedly – don’t go near the pool…they are apt to do that very thing. So imagine telling a small child NOT to touch the guns…what is the outcome – they are going to touch it, play with it and as shown even hurt themselves with it. Silly NRA peoples.

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