BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in southern Kentucky say a 2-year-old girl has been accidentally shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother, who was playing with a .22-caliber rifle he received as a gift.
White told the newspaper that the boy received the rifle made for youths last year and is used to shooting it. He said the gun was kept in a corner and the family didn’t realize a shell was left inside it.
White said the shooting will be ruled accidental. (Emphasis mine)
Who, in their right mind, gives a 4 year old a gun?
Who, after giving (or accepting) a gun to a flippin’ 4 year old, keeps it in a flippin’ corner?
Who, with a functioning brain cell, would ever call this an accident?
Tell you what… stop calling these shootings “accidents” and start throwing the parents/relatives/neighbors/friends/hunting buddies in jail. If a child finds your gun and kills themselves or someone else – you go to jail. If you’re cleaning your gun/showing it off, etc. and it goes off and shoots someone – you go to jail. If you mistake a person for a deer – you go to jail. Bet that would up the “responsibility” factor.