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

Monday, January 13, 2014

10-year old Alabama boy unintentionally shot in the head and killed by another boy

Three boys, ages 10, 12, and 14, were in a home in Beaureguard, Alabama, having just returned from a hunting trip. The boys were unsupervised and were putting away a hunting rifle when one of them discharged the gun, striking the 10-year old in the head, killing him.

From an article and video:
[Sheriff] Jones says deputies were called to the home in the 13000 block of Highway 51 in the Beaureguard community for reports of a shooting. The young victim, his 12-year-old brother, and their 14-year-old friend had returned from a hunting trip, and were in a bedroom.

One of the boys was reportedly putting his rifle away when it accidentally discharged and struck the 10-year-old in the head, killing him instantly.

Jones says gun was being handled by another boy, who was not the victim. The boys were not playing with the gun, and he believes all of the boys were familiar with weapons and gun safety.

"It was not a circumstance to where the individuals, I guess a good way to put this is 'horse played' or anything like that," says Jones. "That does not appear to be the circumstances whatsoever. It simply appears, at this point in the investigation, to be an accident. Accidents happen from time to time, and very unfortunately, the consequences, on occasion can extreme."

The mother of the victim and another boy were in the kitchen of the home at the time of the shooting.

Jones says it does not appear anyone will face any charges in the tragic shooting. He says this type of accidental discharge can happen to anyone at anytime.
No, it doesn't "happen to anyone at anytime."  It only happens when loaded guns are handled inappropriately, and all too often by unsupervised children.

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


  1. In a "polite" and "armed" society? What's polite about THIS?

    I met a sheriff's deputy who called gun safety advocates "brain dead" and he used the all-time stand-by that "an armed society is a polite society." He also trotted out the quote that "a person who wants to limit freedoms deserves no freedom. Something that Benjamin Franklin is supposed to have said.
    They measure out their lives in platitudes and coffee spoons as it were. Not one of them can speak a thought that's original b/c they're too busy quoting dead people. Ones you can't find and question how they meant the quotes.
    And the deputy thinks I'M brain-dead?

    1. Thank you for posting and thank you for that rational thought! Reasoning seems to have left people who only want to do what THEY want to do.


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