Boy, 5, Shoots And Kills 2-Year-Old Sister, Police Say
BURKESVILLE, Ky. — 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.
Kentucky State Police said the toddler was shot just after 1 p.m. CDT Tuesday in Cumberland County and was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the children's mother was at home at the time.
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.
This is obviously an accidental death and there are issues of Gun safety (Who leaves a gun in the corner when you have young children) but I'm curious about peoples opinions on it. I'm not American myself but do people feel that marketing guns no matter the caliber or style to children and branding it as 'My First Rifle' is acceptable?
Who in the right mind would give 5 year old a rifle as a gift?
I was thinking the same damn thing, RIP to that poor little girl and what emotional and/or physical impact will that leave on he brother?
Unfortunately kids will be kids, that is why as adults and as parents, we bear the responsbility, this could have been completely avoidable.
It's like we don't leave medicine lying around in easy reach of children (safety cap or not, you just don't do it), but they deemed it acceptable to have the gun just in the corner?
The issue of banning guns is irrelevant, the real issue is the parenting, or lack of it.