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

Monday, February 27, 2012

14 year old boy shoots mother when she won't let him hang out with friends

Some days, we think we've heard everything about kids and guns. This 14 year old Detroit area boy got mad at his mom for not letting him hang out with his friends. From the article:
Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee Jr. and Mayor Dave Bing held a press conference Monday afternoon to address Robinson's shooting and other recent gun violence involving minors, including the early Monday morning shooting of a 6-year-old boy in an attempted carjacking. The boy is still in critical condition. Police say the two suspects in custody for the child's shooting are also teenage boys.
Bing asked Detroiters not to stand idly by while children become victims of crime. But at the same time, he demanded parents take more responsibility for their children's actions.
"You can't expect the police to be in every home, on every corner, responding to things that we as parents and adults ought to be responsible for," he said. "Let's let these young people know that we care about them but at the same time, we aren't not going to allow them to create havoc. You have to start discipline ... when they come out of the womb."
Indeed. Note that the Detroit Police Chief references another shooting in the area- that of a 6 year old boy. And the gun, in the case above came right from the home- owned by the mother's fiance´. Children know where the guns are kept. Where do children get the idea that a gun should solve arguments with their parents?

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

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