...“BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death in rural southern Kentucky with a rifle he had received as a gift last year, authorities said.
The children's mother was home at the time of the shooting Tuesday afternoon but had stepped out to the front porch for a few minutes and ‘she heard the gun go off’…the girl died of a single gunshot wound to the chest area.
The company that made the gun, Milton, Pa.-based Keystone Sporting Arms, produced 60,000 Crickett and Chipmunk rifles in 2008, according to its website. It also makes guns for adults, but most of its products are geared toward children….Keystone opened in 1996 with just four employees, producing 4,000 rifles that year. It now employs about 70 people...
The smaller guns come in all sorts of colors, including blue and pink…The company's slogan is ‘My First Rifle’…” end
So, if 4 employees made 4000 rifles a year, one would suppose that 70 employees could make 70,000 little blue and pink .22 caliber weapons named chipmunk for five year olds. I wonder if the two year old sister had one? Maybe he had Chipmunk and she had Crickett?
Nothing like handing out deadly weapons to 5 year olds that look like toys. But hey, if we're going to sell AR-15's en masse to gangs and cartels, they may need them for self-defense on the way to school. After all, if the local bully has a hot pink rifle with a baby blue barrel, your kid has a right to defend himself!
It is sad and regrettable on so many levels that it leaves a compassionate person with both sorrow and dread:
o It is sad that a two year old little girl will never know her loving family or the potential of her life
o It is sad that her mother will spend the rest of her life in grief and questioning her life choices (i.e., If only I had locked the gun in the gun safe, If only I had not gone out on the porch, If only I had not got the gun for my son, So many if I had not thoughts that they build on themselves)
o It is sad that a 5 year-old little boy will spend the rest of his life with the death of his little sister on his hands. There will be so many guilty days and nights that will scar this child and make his life and dreams a mere shadow of what they could have been
I admit that it is hard to find any good that could come out of this story, but it does place a big spotlight on the need for gun safety education for both parents and children. Thankfully this has been the primary mission of the NRA over the years, and it makes a case for parents and children enrolling in these classes as soon as possible.
I pray for these folks, and hope for the grace of God to comfort them.