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5 year old kills his sister with his birthday gun in US

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Slainte Wed 01-May-13 20:10:38

Title says it all, here's the link.

When will people fucking learn? angry

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Thu 02-May-13 02:51:42

Whereabouts in the States are you maybe going, HRN?

Some States/areas are much worse than others...

CoolStoryBro Thu 02-May-13 03:02:43

It never ceases to amaze me the absolute anti-American, bullshit stupidity I read on MN.

Yeah, just because you read it on some dubious link, totes makes it true.

HerRoyalNotness Thu 02-May-13 03:16:28

Texas(!) or Maryland

HerRoyalNotness Thu 02-May-13 03:19:51

Is CNN good enough for you uncoolstory?

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Thu 02-May-13 03:24:06

It's all over the US news websites, Bro - even Fox are reporting on it.

LookingForwardToMarch Thu 02-May-13 04:22:39

Actually I'd say the 'bullshit stupidity' applies to the American parents in this case.

bootsycollins Thu 02-May-13 05:49:12

That poor little brother and sister. The guns have gotta go.

LtEveDallas Thu 02-May-13 06:01:05

Not even the first accident of this kind:

Caroline Sparks' death comes after two other incidents in recent months involving young children shooting others. In early April, a 4-year-old boy in Tennessee shot and killed a 48-year-old woman, and just days later, 6-year-old Brandon Holt was killed in New Jersey after being shot in the head by his 4-year-old playmate

There's a whole discussion on the CNN website about families having 'the gun talk' before play dates shock Can you imagine that here:

"I'd rather Thomas had water to drink as juice makes him hyper, don't worry about him gettin messy or dirty, oh and where do you keep your guns because he's still learning about safety catches"

It beggars belief.

scaevola Thu 02-May-13 06:50:41

There are several such killings every year.

I suspect this one has hit the news more widly than the others precisely because there is a gun control debate.

LtEveDallas Thu 02-May-13 06:57:58

I didn't know that Scavola sad. My SIL is in America with her husband and DNeice - I've never really thought about them having a gun before (no idea if they do or not). Guns don't bother me as much as most people in UK, but only because I am happy with the strict control and storage rules we have. Doesn't the USA have the same? Don't they have to keep them locked away then?

BinarySolo Thu 02-May-13 07:09:02

don't they have to keep them locked away

But isn't that like the dangerous dogs act wear certain breeds were banned, had to be registered etc? People just flout certain laws. The rifle in this case was kept in the corner of the room, clearly not locked away. And the parents don't appear to be being prosecuted.

Just one of those 'crazy accidents' really minimises the parents' responsibility in this. Wholly preventable.

Sirzy Thu 02-May-13 07:14:06

It's scary how a so called civilised society can be so blasé about guns that a child killing another with a gun is accepted as just one of those things.

WorrySighWorrySigh Thu 02-May-13 07:17:04

These accidents are tragic and so avoidable. The problem is not the gun but the attitudes to it.

My DS shoots a rifle at cadets and I have been with him to a gun club. These are .22 rifles in the main so the same as was used in this accident. In both the rules are very, very strict to avoid accidents.

CheerfulYank Thu 02-May-13 07:19:12

Those poor babies.

My friends bought their daughter a hot pink rifle for her 8th birthday. angry

racmun Thu 02-May-13 07:27:08

WTF a real gun for kids????

I thought it had got mixed up with his dad's or something when I read the op.
Awful awful awful on so many levels and in so many ways.

SoupDragon Thu 02-May-13 07:31:34

Truly horrendous.

The parents (or whoever was in charge of the gun) was negligent and incompetent. It was must have been loaded and not secured in a locked cabinet.

I find the grandmother's comments on the CNN page weird. "gone to a better place" and "It was her time/god's will" confused She was shot by her brother FFS!

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 02-May-13 07:35:06

The rules are not the same re: gun storage, no.

Which makes me very cross. There are lots of countries (i come from one) with just as high rates of gun ownership, even where children (though not that young) would also be given guns. But gun control and storage is very strict - tests to prove you understand safe use before you can have a license for example. Obviously in those countries gun deaths are vastly lower. Just introducing these kind of rules would be a massive head start in solving the problem.

As I understand it many people refuse to lock their guns away because they want easy access in case an intruder arrives.

This is the parents fault, and I would never normally say that when a child dies.

CheerfulYank Thu 02-May-13 07:39:54

Even my dumbassed redneck gun-crazed BIL keeps his guns locked away from his kids.

Those idiot parents. Makes me sick.

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Thu 02-May-13 07:46:38

I can't get my head round why the fuck anyone would have a gun just standing randomly in the corner of a room. Even without kids in the house what about intruders breaking in and using your gun as a weapon against you?!

Also "they didnt know it was loaded" makes it even worse. They didnt have the sense or brains to actually check properly.

Poor little boy. His sister too obviously but he's going to have to live with this for rest of his life and it isnt even his fault. It's his stupid parents' fault and the fucked up culture they live in.

WTFisABooyhooISBooyhoo Thu 02-May-13 12:22:53

i'm guessing that to the people who buy/design/market guns for children it must be the same kind of way people take young dcs fishing and buy them their first fishing pole. obviosuly it is entirely different but to these people that must be what they see it as? just a hobby they do with the kids from a young age?

ChaosTrulyReigns Thu 02-May-13 12:36:36

"It's just tragic," uncle David Mann told the CNN affiliate. "It's something that you can't prepare for."

Of course you can.


everythinghippie29 Thu 02-May-13 12:41:17

Felt physically sick looking at that rifle website and its ' accessories' section. Such a sad and unnecessary incident. How could you not check that a gun was loaded and fireable if it was just left in the corner of a room where a child who had been presumably taught to fire it could have total access.

I don't like it myself, but if you wanted to teach your children to hunt/ use q gun do it when they are older and capable of understanding safety and proper use in a controlled environment, not the home. A five year old should never have access to a lethal weapon.

Poor little girl and poor boy having to grow up knowing that horrible tragedy happened because the people around him were too proud and righteous to simply keep guns out of a family home. sad

StealthOfficialCrispTester Thu 02-May-13 12:42:39

Cheerful, do you know if it is most Americans who own guns? Give their DC guns? Guessing from your comments you don't agree. Is it concentrated in certain states?

GladbagsGold Thu 02-May-13 12:48:55


My DC have shot air rifles, in a controlled, very safe environment, aged 6 and 8. Was part of a Cubs things. They enjoyed it and completely understand the importance of safety and supervision. Such a shame the same sort of common sense doesn't apply everywhere.

Poor kids.

Startail Thu 02-May-13 12:50:43

The gun control argument is pretty irrelevant here.

This wasn't an accident it was manslaughter by the girls parents.

It's plain negligence to leave a loaded gun, or 101 other dangerous objects in reach of a 5 and a 2 year old.

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