Shooting Tragedy in Kentucky Offers Vital Lessons, Warnings

Written by Andrew Linn on May 6, 2013

424px-StateLibQld_1_137434_Young_boy_dressed_as_a_soldier,_ca._1915This past Tuesday, a five-year-old boy accidentally shot his two-year-old sister to death with a rifle in Cumberland County, Kentucky (in Kentucky, we say counties just as much as we would say cities or towns when asking where someone is from; FYI: there are 120 counties in Kentucky). The rifle, known as a Crickett Rifle, was specifically made for kids, and was given to the boy as a gift.

While this incident is tragic, it should also be a reminder of what happens when someone does not demonstrate firearm safety and responsibility. This tragedy would have been prevented if the parents did the following:

1. Emphasize the importance of firearm safety and responsibility to their son.

2. Know whether or not the rifle was loaded (it should be noted that in this case no one in the family knew the rifle had one cartridge left in it).

3. Supervise the child when he had the rifle (the mother just happened to step away for a moment prior to the tragedy- it is unclear where the father was at the time) in order to make sure he knew how to handle it properly and safely.

Of course, with the mainstream liberal media, these factors will not be considered. Instead, people will say that the kid was too young to own a rifle, or they might even ask why the family had a rifle to begin with.

Meanwhile, gun-control advocates will argue that tragedies like these are grounds for stricter gun laws (as has been the case with the Sandy Hook Massacre) instead of focusing on individual responsibility and accountability.

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Andrew Linn
Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.