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

Monday, October 15, 2012

3-year old Oklahoma boy wounded in leg when finds loaded, unsecured gun

A 3-year old boy was in the care of his grandmother's boyfriend when he found the man's .22-caliber handgun and shot himself in the leg.  He is in the hospital in serious condition.

From an article:

Emergency responders were called to the 4100 block of East 1st Street at about 12:30 p.m. and found a 3-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the lower leg. 
They say the child was in the care of his grandmother when the injury occurred. Her boyfriend had a .22-caliber revolver at the home, according to Corporal Ron Clark with the Tulsa Police Department. 
"Her boyfriend was in a room with the child at the back of the residence," Corporal Clark said at the scene. "We believe it was an accidental discharge of a handgun." 
The boyfriend told officers that he bought the revolver at a Tulsa flea market last weekend and did not believe it was operable. 
"It's a lesson to be learned," Clark said.

The lesson to be learned is that guns and children don't mix.

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

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