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

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tennessee teen football player shot by other teens at school playground

In Tennessee, a 14 year old aspiring football player was shot by other teens. His leg injuries could end his days of playing football as he faces several surgeries to repair the damage done by the bullet. From the article:
Then Monday’s sunny holiday introduced unthinkable events — gunfire on an elementary school basketball court that left a 14-year-old boy with a bullet hole in his leg, and later, six teens rounded up in the crime.
And while Murfreesboro police insist the incident is isolated, and the school principal sent a letter home promising safety is his top priority, typical reassurances aren’t enough for the Amber Glen neighbors and those in nearby Evergreen Farms, who used to believe the schoolyard was a safe place to play.
“It’s scary,” said Alison Jones, whose daughter attends Cason Lane Academy, the public elementary school where the shooting happened. “There’s a reason we pick our daughter up from school, because I worry about things like this.”
Yes, it is scary. There was a shooting last year on a Texas school basketball court as well, injuring two boys who were playing at the time. That shooting came as a result of some men target shooting. The bullets flew into the playground area.

Kids should be safe from bullets while playing on school basketball courts. And where did the 6 teens accused of this crime get their gun? All guns in the hands of children must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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