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

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Texas one year old shoots three year old brother

Just when you think you've read it all, you find something like this in the news. A one year old- yes, a one year old, found a gun in his parents' truck and shot his three year old brother. From the article:
Investigators say the three-year-old was shot by his one-year-old little brother who got a hold of a gun inside his father's truck.
Family and Protective Services says the children got inside their father's truck and the one-year-old grabbed a pistol in the seat. The gun went off, and the bullet hit his big brother.
 E.J. Badeaux heard the shot fire from his home next door. "So I came out here and the neighbor across the street came down, and the little boy was laying on the ground." says Badeaux.
 Neighbors say the boys' parents panicked. "She was in shock. She got on the phone called 911," says Badeaux.
 12 News HD spoke with the childs' father who says "We have spent our entire lives trying to protect our children. In a split second, everything we worked for was in danger, including our childs' lives." 
Aldredge says he and his wife have not left his son's side since he's been in the hospital.
Accident aside, Pulliam says the one-year-old has been placed with relatives during the investigation. "It was a tragic accident, but it also could have been prevented if proper precautions could have been used with a gun in the house," says Pulliam. Pulliam says children are curious and says everyone needs to make sure your guns are locked in a safe when children are around.
Police say they don't know if the parents had a license to carry the gun.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says this is the youngest shooting victim case they have seen.
Well, if the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services had read this blog, they would see other incidents of three year olds shooting themselves or others with guns found laying around for their little hands to find. This is tragic, as are all shootings of and by children, but when a one year old can get his hands on a gun, something is terribly wrong.

All guns in the hands of children and teens must first go through the hands of an adult.

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