5.14.2013

Some Things are Mutually Exclusive

People keep shooting people on accident. People keep shooting people on purpose. People keep shooting themselves.

And there are so many children involved with these shootings. Like the one in Kentucky where the five-year-old boy shot and killed his two-year-old sister with a rifle made for children. Not a toy rifle, mind you, the ones that look frighteningly real save for the little orange cap mandated by law. A real rifle that looks like a toy, but is can be used to kill.

I cannot stop thinking about what that boy will have to live with for the rest of his life. “It’s a Crickett,” the coroner explained. “It’s a little rifle for a kid… The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun... Just one of those crazy accidents." No, as a friend-of-a-friend said: Not an accident. A totally preventable tragedy. Heartbreaking.

I've scoured the Crickett website for information about how old they suggest children should be before using one of their products. Maybe they consider this a question to be answered by parents alone, but I found it hard to believe that it wasn't even in the FAQ section. They do explain that "The goal of [Keystone Sporting Arms] is to instill gun safety in the minds of youth shooters and encourage them to gain the knowledge and respect that hunting and shooting activities require and deserve." 

I find "gun safety" and "guns for small children" to be mutually exclusive.

(More on the legal issues related to this incident, from Slate.)




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