Here we go again. In this latest episode, a 5-year-old decided to emulate someone he's apparently watched handle a firearm. Or maybe it just looked like a new toy or something enticing enough to explore. Whatever the reason, it was available to him, and it was loaded. And unfortunately, it went off and a bullet hit a 4-year-old.
Via WXII 12 News:
Officials said it appeared the 5-year-old boy found the gun in a downstairs closet and accidentally discharged the weapon.
The good news: The 4-year-old was in stable condition with a non-life-threatening injury to his shoulder.
The bad news: The 4-year-old was in stable condition with a non-life-threatening injury to his shoulder.
The other bad news: The 5-year-old shot him. With a gun. That he found, still loaded, because of the negligence of at least one adult gun owner.
The other other bad news: The NRA and gun manufacturers refuse to help end the cycle of violence because money and power are their priority. They encourage kids to beg Mommy and Daddy for their very own guns that are marketed to them in pretty colors in fun magazines. It's up to us to keep the pressure up.
Police are still investigating the incident, and WXII is reporting that an adult was in the home when the shooting occurred.