Father of four-year-old who shot six-year-old charged with having unsecured weapons

2013 has been a clusterfuck of news stories about little kids accidentally shooting and killing people. A five-year-old killed his sibling with a gun his parents bought for him earlier this month, and last month there were no less than four high-profile shooting deaths by children, three of them in one week.

Now Anthony Senatore, father of a four-year-old who accidentally shot and killed his friend, six-year-old Brandon Holt, on April 8, has been arrested and charged with “multiple counts of endangering the welfare of children and enabling access by minors to a loaded firearm.”

Senatore’s son found his way into an unlocked gun closet with 11 guns, picked up a .22 rifle and accidentally shot Holt in the head from a range of 15 yards. Holt’s parents made news for donating Bandon’s organs for cases of medical need.

What’s weird about this case is that it wasn’t even a foregone conclusion that Senatore would face charges. After 13-year-old Taylor Richardson accidentally shot and killed his 10-year-old brother with a BB gun no charges were made and police labeled it a “tragic accident.” Granted, a BB gun is supposed to be a toy, but it’s unclear that the parents of kids who kill always face a penalty.

Of course, adults can’t even keep themselves out of harm’s way when it comes to guns—they’re always accidentally shooting themselves in the penis or accidentally shooting their friends in Starbucks. And these aren’t crimes, they’re accidents. So if we can’t keep our own guns in check, how can we expect accountability from kids?

For their part, the kiddie gun company Crickett, which made the gun that a five-year-old shot his sister with, is back online after having gone offline following the incident. But they’ve removed the “kiddie corner” from their site, which featured pics of tots shooting stuff.