I've mulled doing a regular Gun Death Report, but @KagroX is way better at documenting stupid shootings than I am. However, occasionally, there are killings that scream for attention, as do the two I'm writing up here. One involves a three-year-old child, and the other a 107-year-old blind, deaf man. The disparate ages of the deceased and all-too-common egregiousness were equally appalling.
First, the story about the 107-year-old who died at his home after SWAT officers returned gunfire. An investigation is ongoing.
Pine Bluff [Arkansas] Police Lt., David Price, told KATV-TV that officers responded to Monroe Isadore’s residence after he brandished a weapon at two people inside his house.
Officers escorted the threatened pair from the home, but Isadore had locked himself in a bedroom. As officers approached, shots rang out. Isadore fired through the closed door, but nobody was injured. [...]
...S.W.A.T. officers released gas into his room.
When S.W.A.T. officers made their way into the house, Isadore allegedly shot at them, so they shot back, killing him.
Larry Smith, who was an attendee of New Direction Baptist church with IsadoreSmith told KLRT-TV:
“He couldn’t hear. Somebody should’ve told the [police] he couldn’t hear.”
Monroe Isadore's friends said that he was legally blind and believe he must have been confused. So he was legally blind and couldn't hear. Call me crazy, but I'm thinking he was the one at a disadvantage. Then again, Iowa Debates Permitting Blind People To Carry Guns In Public.
Now on to the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old at Yellowstone National Park, a case that is also under investigation. Via the Los Angeles Times:
The child’s mother told emergency dispatchers that her daughter shot herself with a handgun, park officials said in a statement.
Saturday's shooting occurred at the Grant Village Campground, where an emergency medical team tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the girl, the statement said. [...]
Carrying guns in national parks and federal wildlife areas is permitted as long as federal, state and local laws are obeyed. That policy came about because of the 2009 credit card reform bill, to which Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) offered the gun provision as an amendment. The Senate passed the bill, 90 to 5. The measure also passed the House, and President Obama signed it. The law took effect in February 2010.
But firing a gun and hunting are banned at Yellowstone.
Dear dead child's mom: Who negligently made a loaded gun available to a toddler?