Man Kills 11-Year-Old Nephew Showing Gun With Laser Sight
New Jersey boy shot dead during gun demonstration, police say
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2014 4:55 PM CDT
Updated May 5, 2014 5:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – An 11-year-old boy died this weekend when his uncle, showing off his gun collection, pointed a gun with a laser sight at the boy's head and pulled the trigger, Raw Story reports. The New Jersey fifth grader—identified by WNEP as Hunter Pederson—was visiting his grandfather's house when he asked to see his uncle's gun collection, according to a police report. The uncle, 34-year-old Chad Olm, let his son and Hunter handle three handguns but told police he had no worries because he doesn't leave his guns loaded.

The fatal moment came when Olm pulled out his Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun with a laser sight—which had no magazine in it, but Olm didn't think to check or clear it, the Pocono Record reports. He pointed the laser around the room, then at Hunter. "Look, you have a red dot on your forehead," one of the boys said. When his nephew reached for the gun, Olm pulled the trigger, striking him above the eye and causing him to fall over. "It's horribly tragic," said a police lieutenant. "The family is devastated." Police arrested Olm on charges including criminal homicide, and he's being held behind bars in lieu of bail.

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pearlybay
May 7, 2014 10:32 AM CDT
While 37% of all adults identify with or lean toward the Republican Party, that proportion jumps to 51% among gun owners. http://www.people-press.org/2013/03/12/section-3-gun-ownership-trends-and-demographics/ I can understand why republican nuts are also gun nuts. Republicans seldom offer any good ideas, and cause terrible problems for the United States. Luckily republicans are a dying breed, because of the last 15 yrs, in which the republicans have irresponsibly crippled America. 'Irresponsible' defines a republican and those that provide handguns freely.
pearlybay
May 7, 2014 10:15 AM CDT
74% of gun owners are men. Women are more defenseless than men and have all the more reason to carry a gun, but choose not too. They have the perfect place to conceal a deadly weapon in their purse, but carry the pepper spray instead. Perhaps women consider guns to be so dangerous that they would rather take their chances without one, than to deal with all the consequences and problems a gun includes.
pearlybay
May 6, 2014 8:24 PM CDT
A gun nut will tell you that since cars kill people then they should be able to kill too. Some will say they just use their gun for target practice, but they are learning to shoot better to prepare for the day they can use their gun to its full potential. Hand guns are provided all too freely and are too dangerous to be considered for protection. Anyone living with or near a gun owner may lose their right to live, because the gun owner can never be too careful.