This is a discussion on Tragic: Boy finds forgotten gun, accidentally shoots self in head within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by retsupt99 Tragic news for sure, but when my boys were growing up, they knew where my guns were stored. Neither boy ever ...
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There are a LOT of people who are not gun savvy and don't think about guns being present. Should they be? IMO, yes. But, many are not.
If a family is not used to firearms being present, it is unlikely that most will teach their children what to do, IF THEY EVEN KNOW what to do themselves. Additionally, a child can go to a friend's house and the parents have no idea what the gun situation is there.
While it should be like drownproofing kids (especially, for example in FL, where every third yard seems to have a pool, not to mention ocean, gulf, rivers and lakes), many are just not aware.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliott
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
This is such a sad story. I know that all of my guns stay locked up. It’s when my son is at “little jonnies” house that makes me worry. I have had all the talks with him about “if you ever see a gun tell a grow up and never touch it” or “if one of your friends ever try’s to show you a gun come right home and tell me”. I still know that kids are kids and stuff can happen. You just never know. I can only pray that my son makes it thru the gauntlet of childhood safely.
CCW: Never get killed for lack of shooting back!
“Monsters are real and so are ghosts. They live inside of us, and sometimes they win.”
~ Stephen King
Completely and utterly avoidable. IMO, parental responsibility with children around means you fiddle-proof the gun (via safe storage/carry) and gun-proof the child, preferably both. Fail in that, and you get what you get. These folks just got an injured child who could easily have been killed.
A friend of mine has 3yr old daughter. He and his wife are starting her on Eddie Eagle and slow introduction to firearms. A competent instructor has offered to teach her properly. 3yrs old ... and already being "-proofed" against blind fiddling. He's hopeful it'll last a lifetime and keep her safer, by knowing firearms and their place as functional tools.
It sucks, but thats why you have to teach your kids about guns, not hide your guns from your kids.
Some statistics from the National Safety Council: The average Americans chances of dying
In any accident 1 in 23
By a vehicle while walking 1 in 612
Fall from bed, chair, furntiture 1 in 4745
Firearm accident 1 in 4888That's all firearm deaths, though, not 0-15. At any rate, still doesn't diminish the tragedy here, and a reminder to be responsible. I don't understand how you can "forget" about a gun? That seems really stupid. According to the same set of data, about 80 kids between 0-14 died of firearm accidents in 2000. That's not 3 per day. Still tragic, but not 3 per day. Amazingly enough, in the same year, there were 800 fatalities of kids between 0-14, from drowning! eesh.[A]ccidental deaths involving firearms comprise less than 1 percent of accidental deaths or about 700 deaths a year nationwide in 2004, the most recent year studied. [NSSF] cites a recent report from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit public service organization, showing an amazing 48 percent decline in accidental firearm-related deaths in the past decade. According to the National Safety Council, which keeps tabs on accidents in its “Injury Facts 2005-2006” publication, no other category of accidental death has declined as much in recent years.
Need to teach kids about fireams and the safe handling of them.
Make every effort to keep them from curious children, becasuse we all know they are.
Removing the mystique of a firearm will lessen the desire to want to get to it.
One thing more. If this kid was destined to get a gunshot wound, thankfully it was with a .25apc and not a larger more devastating caliber.
"A Smith & Wesson always beats 4 aces!"
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I can seriously imagine some people getting those locks, but leaving the keys in a drawer or maybe just on a tabletop. Responsibility starts between the ears, to be sure - everything else just reinforces that.
Of course at 12 I also knew well that guns were not to be handled lightly. And of course pointing one at my head would have been the last thing I would have thought of.
Still, the parents should have been more careful than to "forget" about a gun in their house.
Many people prefer to just keep their heads burried in the sand. I have talked to many people about teaching their kids about guns. I have been told that "we dont want our kids to ever handle a gun". When ask what will happen if their kids happen to come across one they say that they "HOPE" that will never happen.
Safety by ignorance is rampant in our society.
A 12 Year old should know better.
Exodus 22:2 "If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed"