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Five-year-old boy kills two-year-old sister with gun he got as a gift

May 1, 2013

Another day, another little kid shooting another little kid. Because that’s what the kids are doing these days, I suppose. In rural south Kentucky, a five-year-old boy shot and killed his two-year-old sister with a gun he got the previous year (when he was four) as a gift.

His mother had stepped out on the porch for a minute, leaving him and his sister alone in the kitchen with the gun. Which she did not know was loaded. So, being a five-year-old, the kid grabs the gun to play with it and ends up a pint-size murderer.

No charges have been filed yet in the case, although it has to be some kind of involuntary manslaughter given that these people’s irresponsible parenting resulted in a dead two year old. It’s horrible and tragic and this kid is probably going to be scarred for life.

The gun used, according to the coroner, was one especially made for kids. As per the Washington Post:

“It’s a Crickett,” White said, referring to a company that specifically makes guns, clothes and books for children. “It’s a little rifle for a kid. … The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun.”

I swear to god. I did not know they had guns made especially for children. Like, real guns, that you can kill someone with … for children. This is all foreign to me. I wasn’t even allowed to have Tic-Tacs until I was like 10 because I might choke. Tic-tacs were for grown-ups only! My mom was too busy worrying that I’d poke my eye out with a Pick-Up-Stick, never mind giving me a gun. And this is when I was 25.

I had to wait until I was 15 to get my learner’s permit. Even after I got my license at 16, I had to wait until I was 17 to drive after 9 p.m. I had to take drivers ed, and pass a test, and cars have like, whole entire purposes other than killing things.

Like, we can’t have prizes in cereal boxes anymore, and all the playground stuff must be lame and made of plastic, but it’s totally fine for children to have actual guns that can kill somebody? I mean, like, fine, I get it- it’s yer culture and all you know is huntin’ and fightin’ and ridin’– but like, even if I thought that guns were a totally OK thing, I still would not think that a four or five year old kid had the motor skills and judgment required to be running around with one. I mean, if you don’t trust them not to swallow a secret decoder ring, why would you trust them with a gun?


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