Family Outraged After 5-Year-Old Shoots Baby Brother in Head

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    Family Outraged After 5-Year-Old Shoots Baby Brother in Head

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    The grandfather of a baby who was shot in the head by the toddler's five-year-old sister in England has criticized the children's father for keeping an airgun.

    Bakht Rammand said he had already destroyed one air rifle owned by his son Bakht Zaman.

    But he was powerless to take action a second time because Zaman had moved into a new home with his family.

    Eighteen-month-old Rashid Rullah was accidentally shot in the head while Zaman was using the gun in the family’s lawn.

    When Zaman stopped target practice to answer his cell phone, his daughter accidentally fired the gun while her father's back was turned.

    Police have described the shooting as a "tragic accident.”

    Rammand, 48, said: "Having something like this in the house, especially when there are kids all over the place, is a bad idea. I found one gun in the house when he was living with me...but this gun I didn't know about because he lives separately now otherwise I would have cut this gun to pieces as well."

    Rashid remains in a critical condition in hospital.

    The incident happened in the Washwood Heath area of Birmingham.

    The shooting prompted campaigners to call for legislation to make airgun owners liable for their misuse.
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    <------is not amazed, nor surprised. this did happen in the U.K., after all.

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    Maybe if they took away all the air, they could make the air guns useless.
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    Tragic.

    Another item to add to my "nothing from the UK surprises me anymore" file.
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    Sad, but you can't turn your back when you have a gun & kids around. All it takes is a second for an accident to happen.

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    I'm all for making parents responsible for their children's accidents although in this case, they are probably paying the price. blaming the object or circumstance is the norm these days...

    responsibility has taken on a whole new meaning in our society...it means nothing...

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    Horrible mistake on the part of the father, and horrible attitudes all around. The Grandfather doesn't seem to blame the son, but rather the air gun. And the "powerless to take action" bit sounds like a plea for more laws. Obviously the answer is to pass a law requiring ones extended family to approve of any purchases they make.
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    I wonder if the U.K. culture causes greater ignorance of proper gun handling? At the opposite extreme (I mean us), we work very hard at being safe.
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    We should fly over their country and drop DVD copies of Christmas Story to educate them.
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    Kinda funny how during WW2 they didn't view people with guns or even guns as being evil,IIRC I believe everybody that could carry and shoot was armed and asked to help defend the country,if that same scenario happened today I believe the outcome would be much different
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    Quote Originally Posted by whyipackmy45 View Post
    We should fly over their country and drop DVD copies of Christmas Story to educate them.
    Oh we should drop something on them but not DVD's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whyipackmy45 View Post
    We should fly over their country and drop DVD copies of Christmas Story to educate them.
    Sadly your comment made me laugh:
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    IMHO that says it all . Now while i recognize that accidents can happen , and kids can exploit an opportunity a mouse would not look at to get in trouble , somehow i feel that in a state where you go to the ER to get a bandaid because then its free , parenting pretty much plaid a role . The UK is almost totally disarmed , and from reading the press from over there i cannot honestly say that that is a bad thing . Chris and some other expats that i respect aside i gotta say you cannot fix stupid , and the entire island is institutional stupid any more .
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Kinda funny how during WW2 they didn't view people with guns or even guns as being evil,IIRC I believe everybody that could carry and shoot was armed and asked to help defend the country,if that same scenario happened today I believe the outcome would be much different

    The England we knew is gone, leaving a nation of ninnies that are ready, willing, and anxious to surrender to anyone and anything.

    Sadly, we seem to be headed that way at breakneck speed.
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