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Kentucky Shooting: Boy, 5, Shoots And Kills 2-Year-Old Sister, Police Say

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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.

White said the shooting will be ruled accidental.

 

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/30/kentucky-shooting_n_3189828.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

 

Should a 5-year-old be given a damn rifle as a gift??? What the hell is wrong with people. Even Carl in the walking dead is like 12.

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He got the gun last year too. WTF are people thinking?

 

My son who is 6 was at a friends house and I got a call asking if they could play with a bb gun. Um no.

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I didn't give my boy a Red Ryder until he was 8.

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I think cases like this should result in criminal charges, like involuntary manslaughter. Fuck letting these idiots get off by saying "Oops, it was an accident!"

 

Between choosing to pray for your child instead of taking them to the doctor and giving them guns as "gifts" - it is pretty easy to get rid of children you no longer want and get off with a light or no criminal penalty at all.

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Poor parenting.

My son got a lever action .22 from my dad for his first birthday. It's been in the box since we've received it, but when he's old enough and mature enough, it'll be his.

5's too early. This is especially true for a rifle.

I got a BB gun at 6, and I wasn't very responsible with it.

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Fucking crazy. Got my son an air soft colt 1911 for his 7th birthday. We went over the "it's not a toy" thing as well as gun safety. Only allowed to shoot it with me.

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What is the point of a small child having access to any kind of gun before even a single pube sprouts? 

 

I mean, seriously?  I'm trying to understand here.

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What is the point of a small child having access to any kind of gun before even a single pube sprouts? 

 

I mean, seriously?  I'm trying to understand here.

 

Zombies...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, TBQH the only time they should have access would be under the supervision of a parent or other RESPONSIBLE adult...

All I did with my BB gun was shoot birds (which I learned to regret pretty fast), targets, and glass objects (some of which I learned a five finger lesson for).

 

There will be a point, though, that I want to be comfortable leaving my kids home alone or with their mom, knowing that if they had to, they could defend themselves or their mother with the deadly force of a firearm. It won't be 5 years old, but I could see early to pre-teen years.

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This is why mandatory weapons training with an emphasis on safety should be a requirement prior to anyone purchasing/using a firearm.  People often don't consider/fully appreciate the ramifications of their decisions and a safety training course would likely help reduce the number of tragedies like this one.  Here is a similar incident that took place earlier this week.

 

A 5-year-old girl from the Southwest Alaska community of Mountain Village was shot and killed by her 8-year-old brother on Monday, Alaska State Troopers reported. The two young children had been left home alone when the shooting took place, troopers said.

Few details were available Tuesday, but the 8-year-old was reportedly playing with a .22-caliber Ruger rifle when the weapon discharged, fatally shooting his sister at about 2:20 p.m. Monday. It was not immediately clear if the shooting was accidental or intentional, and the girl's body was sent to the State Medical Examiner's office in Anchorage for an autopsy. The boy was familiar with the weapon and had used it the previous day to go hunting, according to Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Peters added it was too early to say if the parents of the slain girl would face any potential charges related to leaving the children unattended for the "short period" in which the shooting took place. "It all depends on the facts of the case," and what the investigation reveals, she said

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130430/5-year-old-shot-killed-8-year-old-brother-remote-alaska

 

 

 

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This is why mandatory weapons training with an emphasis on safety should be a requirement prior to anyone purchasing/using a firearm.  People often don't consider/fully appreciate the ramifications of their decisions and a safety training course would likely help reduce the number of tragedies like this one.  Here is a similar incident that took place earlier this week.

 

A 5-year-old girl from the Southwest Alaska community of Mountain Village was shot and killed by her 8-year-old brother on Monday, Alaska State Troopers reported. The two young children had been left home alone when the shooting took place, troopers said.

Few details were available Tuesday, but the 8-year-old was reportedly playing with a .22-caliber Ruger rifle when the weapon discharged, fatally shooting his sister at about 2:20 p.m. Monday. It was not immediately clear if the shooting was accidental or intentional, and the girl's body was sent to the State Medical Examiner's office in Anchorage for an autopsy. The boy was familiar with the weapon and had used it the previous day to go hunting, according to Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Peters added it was too early to say if the parents of the slain girl would face any potential charges related to leaving the children unattended for the "short period" in which the shooting took place. "It all depends on the facts of the case," and what the investigation reveals, she said

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130430/5-year-old-shot-killed-8-year-old-brother-remote-alaska

 

 

I agree with you that there should be mandatory gun safety courses to own a gun.

 

But, it is the parent in both cases that is the idiot.

 

I am sorry, but an 8 yo is not old enough to understand and comprehend the dangers of owning/handling a gun.  They are just flat out not mature and developed enough.

 

No child should be give a gun at that age.

 

Not to mention that the parents should be charged with neglect.....who in their right mind leaves a 5 yo and 8 yo home ALONE.

 

 

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I agree with you that there should be mandatory gun safety courses to own a gun.
 
But, it is the parent in both cases that is the idiot.
 
I am sorry, but an 8 yo is not old enough to understand and comprehend the dangers of owning/handling a gun.  They are just flat out not mature and developed enough.
 
No child should be give a gun at that age.
 
Not to mention that the parents should be charged with neglect.....who in their right mind leaves a 5 yo and 8 yo home ALONE.


If individuals that met the medical definition of "idiot" were the primary source of accidental gun deaths it would be a relatively easy process to eliminate most, if not all of these unfortunate incidents. Doctor to Gun Salesman: "That guy is an Idiot, don't sell him a gun!" Gun Salesman to Doctor: "OK". Unfortunately, I suspect most accidental firearm deaths are caused by people that are only "acting" like idiots. If that is true, it will be infinitely harder to identify those individuals ahead of time, since for them, being an "idiot" is not a permanent disability (though at times it may seem that way).  ;)

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thank you, children, for sacrificing your lives to protect our Second Amendment. You are Patriots, and I think we should put your faces on a race car to prove it.

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Kid would have killed her with a fork if the gun wasn't available.

If the 2 year old would have just had a gun to protect herself...
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gotta crack a few eggs to make an omelet right

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Horrible, horrible situation...

Parents are totally at fault.


Wow at some of the comments in this thread... just, wow.

Not surprised in the slightest however.

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Wow at some of the comments in this thread... just, wow.

Not surprised in the slightest however.

 

that it's a horrible tragedy is a given, these things are naturally going to be indexed into the context of the current national debate on gun control. i understand your sentiment but i don't think you should interpret it as no one caring that this happened

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You took the bait.

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that it's a horrible tragedy is a given, these things are naturally going to be indexed into the context of the current national debate on gun control. i understand your sentiment but i don't think you should interpret it as no one caring that this happened


It's not that I think that it's a "no one caring" thing...

I think people care... but also care more about their own agenda... on both sides.

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right but in the context of the tinderbox, what is the immediacy of the discussion at the expense of?

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You took the bait.

 

meh, it's a legitimate concern based on the observation. i think these sorts of observations need to be addressed rather than subducted under the shelf of ideological grandstanding. this is how misunderstanding and misrepresentation of opposing viewpoints starts, a lack of open dialogue.

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My agenda is not having little boys kill little girls, terrible I know

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thank you, children, for sacrificing your lives to protect our Second Amendment. You are Patriots, and I think we should put your faces on a race car to prove it.

 
 

Kid would have killed her with a fork if the gun wasn't available.

If the 2 year old would have just had a gun to protect herself...





right but in the context of the tinderbox, what is the immediacy of the discussion at the expense of?


Those are not discussion... if they wanted sincere discussion I would get it... but they don't.

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Discussion like the kind of discussion we've gotten when I posted all the daily instances of children dying due to accidents with guns? Cause I must have missed your White Knighting then

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