Three Shootings by Young Kids in Texas in One Week
2-year-old dead; 5-year-old, 7-year-old wounded
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2013 4:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – It has been a bad week for kids in Texas, with three shootings involving children under 10 years old, one of them fatal, taking place in the space of four days, Raw Story reports. On Wednesday, a five-year-old shot his seven-year-old brother with an old rifle while the two played unsupervised in the bath. On Thursday, a two-year-old fatally shot himself in the head with his dad's handgun, while his father was busy elsewhere in the room, says Raw Story. And yesterday, an eight-year-old shot his five-year-old friend in the head with a rifle, as the two played alone in a bedroom. The boy is in a critical condition in hospital, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.

Two of the guns used were .22-caliber rifles, similar to the one with which a five-year-old accidentally killed his two-year-old sister in Kentucky earlier this month. The grandfather of the children spoke out this week, saying his grandson was too young to have a gun and that it was a cultural problem in rural Kentucky. "Too many people think it's (guns) for target practice. Well, what comes after target practicing—killing. I know, I was in the Marine Corps," he told the Star Democrat. “When you pick this (gun) up, you're usually going to kill something."

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May 14, 2013 5:53 PM CDT
Sure it is the fault of the parents for not being responsible with the guns in their home. That being said - when thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of families in the U.S. have both children and guns there are bound to be cases in which they just happen to slip up - they are people after all! People inadvertently drive forward instead of backwards in a moment of confusion - they should not be deprived their driver's licenses UNLESS they hit and kill someone. In the case of guns it just so happens that little slip ups often result in death. That is why the gun culture, it being mostly in America's rural areas (usually Red States to be partisan about it), is so dangerous. I would guess that more children are killed from accidentally shooting themselves or one another than are robbers shot and killed while attempting to invade a home. Backwards - but it will take parts of this country a while to catch up to the rest of the U.S., and really, the world.
May 14, 2013 3:01 PM CDT
Education for first-time gun buyers is key here. Exactly like mandatory Drivers Ed classes. Where students are taught the importance of gun safety plus facts & statistics of gun fatalities resulting from owner negligence. (Drivers Ed used to show gory, graphic films of horrible accidents. Scared me to be safer.). I know it'll never happen.
May 14, 2013 2:35 PM CDT
"Got a gun, in fact I've got two. But that's ok man, cause I love God."