Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

3-year old shoots 5-year old Rolyn Victor Paco Lee Javier

From the article:

LAKEWOOD - A man was charged with reckless child abuse resulting in death after a 3-year-old boy shot his 5-year-old brother in his apartment.

Adam Laham had admitted to police that the shooting was his fault after he left his loaded gun in a room where the kids played, according to court records reviewed by 9Wants to Know.

"I mean it was totally my fault," police say Adam Laham, 23, told detectives. "I'm not used to having kids in the house, you know. I always leave it out."

"He told me he always has it loaded. It's a Kel-Tech .32. It holds six or seven rounds plus one, and he always keeps a round in the chamber. He stated it does not have a safety," a detective wrote in the affidavit.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first go through the hands of an irresponsible adult.


  1. @ Weer'd: Good. This man shouldn't own a gun. He clearly doesn't use good judgement if he leaves a loaded weapon, without a safety even, out where a little child can grab it. And the incident should haunt him for the rest of his life. People should know he's a danger, whether through Google or a background check.

  2. Is there a point to this, Baldr (aside, of course, from attempting to politicize the misery of others)?

    Each one's a tragedy, to be sure. But you do understand that the plural of anecdote is NOT data?

  3. @ GMC: Point to what? This post, or the blog? I assume you mean the blog.

    The point to the blog is to illustrate the widespread problem of children being killed and injured by guns, and getting their hands on guns without adequate supervision, points which the pro-gun side (like Weer'd) downplays by saying it isn't a significant problem or that, as one person put it, most cases are due to gang violence, or just not having the kids out at a shooting range for "safety training." It also puts a face on the problem, instead of just a statistic.

    If you want data, there's plenty of that to be had elsewhere, and it's alarming.

    This isn't just a political issue. At its core, this is a serious public health issue which urgently needs addressed. Too many victims.

  4. "Putting a face" on the issue IS politicizing. Second verse, same as the first.

    Not "just a political issue?" Of course not. And it's much more than a "public health issue," as well. It's an issue of culture, of the inherent right of personal defense, of personal liberty, of individual rights and responsibilities, of Constitutional law, of limited government, of the rights of free peoples to remain free, to name I'm sure just a few.

    It's all of that.

    And all of that falls squarely on the side of liberty, and against wanna-be gun-banners like you.

    Which is why you resort to dancing on the tragedies of others to make your "point." Because in rational, logical, fact-based, non-emotional debate, you lose. Every. Single. Time.


  5. "Every gun in the hands of a child must first go through the hands of an irresponsible adult."

    It's not irresponsible to teach a child firearms safety and shooting skills while under 18 if it's done in a responsible manner.

    Broad brush generalizations like this will not help you advance this cause.

  6. @ Bryan: actually, safety training isn't enough. See the study and quote about it at this posting:

    Also, there was a recent fatal accidental shooting here in my town by a boy who not only had constant exposure to guns and gun training, but actually LIVED on a gun club and helped take care of it:


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