Five Year Old Boy Shoots and Kills His Two Year Old Sister

I am not even sure what to say about this…I am totally incredulous that someone would think that a 22 caliber rifle is a reasonable gift for a four year old…that a parent wouldn’t keep it locked up at all times…and that once again the I didn’t think it was loaded comment comes up.

But this is a tragedy that didn’t have to happen:

A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death in rural southern Kentucky with a rifle he had received as a gift last year, authorities said.

The children’s mother was home at the time of the shooting Tuesday afternoon but had stepped out to the front porch for a few minutes and “she heard the gun go off,” Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said. He said the rifle was kept in a corner and the family didn’t realize a bullet was left inside it.

White told the Lexington Herald-Leader the boy received the .22-caliber rifle as a gift.

“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.”

And I find it incredible that essentially a toy company makes an actual weapon that is designed precisely to appeal to minor children and no body has a problem with that.


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1 thought on “Five Year Old Boy Shoots and Kills His Two Year Old Sister

  1. I’m sorry, but that was no accident. That was criminal negligence and needs to be prosecuted.

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