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

Thursday, April 12, 2012

6-year old boy shoots and kills self with gun left in a Spiderman backpack

A 6-year old first-grader named "Omari" was at home in Clinton, Maryland, a home that he shared with his grandmother, great-grandmother, and a 20-year old man named Raymond Allen Brown, who wasn't related.  Omari found a Spiderman backpack and looked inside.  There he found an unsecured, loaded handgun.  Handling the gun, it discharged, killing the boy.

Brown was the last person to handle the gun, though he apparently did not own it.  He is being charged with reckless endangerment.

From the article:
Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a county police spokesman, said the department is using the incident to remind residents to safely secure any registered weapons.
“We always say if you are a home owner and own a weapon, make sure it’s in a safe position, somewhere a child cannot get a hold of it,” Copeland said. “In this case, we don’t know all the circumstances behind it, but for those who are gun owners, it’s a wake-up call to make sure you have your weapons secure.”
How about not having a gun in the home with a child?

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

UPDATE (4/12/12):  The 6-year old boy victim's name is Amari Markel-Purrel Perkins.

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