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5-Year-Old Kills Sister, 2, With 'My First Rifle'
Loaded gun had been left in a corner
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2013 6:11 AM CDT
Updated May 1, 2013 6:40 AM CDT
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(Newser) – It was "just one of those crazy accidents," in the words of the local coroner: A 5-year-old in Cumberland County, Kentucky, accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister yesterday with a .22-caliber rifle. But unlike many such tragedies, the rifle in this case actually belonged to the child, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The gun, which he received as a gift last year, was inadvertently left loaded with a single shell in a corner of the family's home.

"It's a Crickett," said coroner Gary White of the gun marketed to youths with the slogan "My First Rifle." He continued, "It's a little rifle for a kid ... The little boy's used to shooting the little gun." White told WKYT that the children's mother was home when the shooting occurred: "She was actually cleaning, and she had went out on the porch. She said no more than three minutes had went by and she actually heard the rifle go off. She ran back in and found the little girl."

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Speckintime
Mar 18, 2014 9:39 AM CDT
You cannot legislate against stupid, children get hurt and killed in all kinds of ways because of stupid irresponsible negligent parents. Because it was a gun it’s news, it could have been a swimming pool, leaving a window wide open, leaving poison or pills out. There are many ways people die because of stupidity but let it be a gun and all the uproar comes about guns being legal.
Jonathan Arndt
Mar 6, 2014 2:30 AM CST
I remember the days i was still only allowed to use my BB gun. I so wanted to shoot that 22 rifle but my father acted like it was a machine gun or something and he would not let me touch it. When i was old enough to give up the BB gun my father bought me a pellet gun and I was still not allowed to shoot the .22 cal. After i proved myself with the pellet gun for a while he began to teach me about how dangerous the .22 can be. That gun concerned him the most of any that he owned because it is smaller, it does not recoil or make a loud repeat. The only gun he disliked more was the handgun and he never allowed one in the house other than one that shot BB's. He said handguns were unnecessarily dangerous and i totally agree. Anything we needed to do we could take care of with the shotgun and we never had to worry about a little kid accidentally shooting a shotgun because they were big, heavy, and kept unloaded. My father spent more time training me on the .22 cal rifle than any other. How far the bullet can actually travel, visually inspecting the full trajectory, how long it takes to reach maximum distance, and how that small round can be lethal. Most importantly he drilled into me how that gun can lull you into a false sense of security because it does not feel like you are shooting a deadly weapon but it almost feels like a toy. He said that once you make a mistake with a gun you can never take it back. You cannot undo accidentally killing someone because you lost focus. I have heard many times since then that, ohhhh it is just a little .22, he can't do much damage with that. BULLSHIT! Now combine that with giving ownership to a young child and coloring the gun a pink or blue so it feels even more like a toy. That is an accident waiting to happen and it is not worth the risk.
Meranda
Feb 10, 2014 10:12 PM CST
Guns do make a home safe in some cases. Though people who KNOW they can't handle them shouldn't get one. I believe the parents are true fault of this case and the gun was not the fault. Guns are used for protection, not for hillbilly bumpkins to give to their children as " toy's. " Because no, a gun is not a toy. Especially shouldn't be used as a toy for a 5yr old.