So with all the mass shootings going on recently you’d think there’d be an even greater emphasis on gun safety by gun owners. You’d think with all the attention and criticism heading their way by the non-gun-owning population that they’d be doing what they can to not give any more ammunition (pun not intended) to the opposition. You’d think…ah, never mind. People just don’t think at all any more.
So, sad bit of news out of Burkesville, KY. Evidently a 5-year old was playing with his rifle while his mother was out dumping grease into the yard. The 5-year old didn’t realize that there was still one in the chamber and BAM, his 2-year old sister is dead.
As tragic as this is, the folks around Burkesville are defending the parents for giving their 5-year old a rifle.
Down in Kentucky where we’re from, you know, guns are passed down from generation to generation,” Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said. “You start at a young age with guns for hunting and everything.
It’s a normal way of life, and it’s not just rural Kentucky, it’s rural America — hunting and shooting and sport fishing. It starts at an early age,” Cumberland County Judge Executive John Phelps said. “There’s probably not a household in this county that doesn’t have a gun.
He’s right, it is a normal way of life in rural America. I’ve lived there. It’s true. It’s also true that there’s a market for rifles made for children. Keystone Sporting Arms has a “Kid’s Corner” on it’s website. In fact, the majority of Keystone’s products are geared towards children. Their website even claims the following:
The goal of KSA 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
Some people are outraged that there is a market for children’s rifles.
It’s like, oh, my God,” Sharon Rengers, a longtime child advocate at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville said, “we’re having a big national debate whether we want to check somebody’s background, but we’re going to offer a 4-year-old a gun and expect something good from that?
Well, Sharon, even if you buy a kid’s rifle you still have to have a background check. The parent, or whoever buys the gun, has to pass the background check, but ultimately the parent is responsible. The same as a parent is responsible for every action of his or her child until that child is an adult.
Gun safety is paramount these days. Everyone from children to adults should be taught gun safety, especially if they own a firearm. It is still legal to own firearms in this country. Therefore the tradition of shooting is still going to be passed down from generation to generation. A father who hunts is going to have a son who hunts. A father who shoots is going to have a son who shoots. A father who collects guns is going to have a son who collects guns. I don’t have a problem with this as long as that father takes the responsibility to train his son safety and is responsible with the weapons he has in his home.
The parents in Burkesville, however, were not responsible. At all. The 5-year old’s rifle was kept in the corner of their home. That’s right. In the corner. No gun safe. No trigger lock. No nothing. Just leaning in the corner of a room like a fucking broom. How irresponsible can you be? I understand that you want to shoot with your son. I get it. It’s not something I would do, but I get it and it’s your right. But you do NOT leave the fucking gun in a corner where the 5-year old, or even the 2-year old, can get it. That is the very epitome of irresponsibility. I’m sure these people didn’t leave kitchen knives out where the children could reach them but had no problem leaving a fucking rifle right there. How asinine. How stupid. How idiotic.
The parents of this child need to be charged with negligence. Not for giving their child a gun. Not for teaching him to shoot a gun. But for leaving a gun out in their home where it was easily accessible by their 5-year old and 2-year old. That is negligence. And because of that negligence their 2-year old daughter is dead.
May that poor little girl rest in peace and may that 5-year old not be traumatized by the fact that he killed his sister.