In southern Kentucky, where children get their first guns even before they start first grade, Stephanie Sparks paid little attention as her 5-year-old son, Kristian, played with the rifle he was given last year. Then, as she stepped onto the front porch while cleaning the kitchen, â€œshe heard the gun go off,â€ a coroner said.
In a horrific accident Tuesday that shocked a rural area far removed from the national debate over gun control, the boy had killed his 2-year-old sister, Caroline, with a single shot to the chest.
â€œDown in Kentucky where weâ€™re from, you know, guns are passed down from generation to generation,â€ Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said. â€œYou start at a young age with guns for hunting and everything.â€
What is more unusual than a child having a gun, he said, is â€œthat a kid would get shot with it.â€
In this case, the rifle was made by a company that sells guns specifically for children â€” â€œMy first rifleâ€ is the slogan â€” in colors ranging from plain brown to hot pink to orange to royal blue to multi-color swirls.
Kristianâ€™s rifle was kept in a corner of the mobile home, and the family didnâ€™t realize a bullet had been left in it.
â€œItâ€™s a normal way of life, and itâ€™s not just rural Kentucky, itâ€™s rural America â€” hunting and shooting and sport fishing. It starts at an early age,â€ said Cumberland County Judge Executive John Phelps. â€œThereâ€™s probably not a household in this county that doesnâ€™t have a gun.â€
Or better yet shoot her mother and stop her from breeding again.
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Poor kid has to grow up having killed his younger sister :(
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where is mountainman? He could make quality contribution to this thread
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This probably happened because they let the kid play with a real gun like a toy gun. They probably let him run around with it pointing it at people the way they just left it sitting out for him to play with whenever he wanted to. That gun should have beed stored properly when it wasn't being used to hunt or range shoot. Unfortunately the child had zero respect for firearms because he was 5, and the parents had little resect for firearms becuase they are stupid.
You don't let kids run around and play with actual working weapons. The mother keeps saying she just went outside for a minute, but her negligence wasn't that she left them unsupervised for 3 minutes, it's that she neglected to secure their guns and instead provided them to her kids to use as toys.
She could get in big trouble. Like manslaughter or something.
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