You know, I’ve always had this thought that this could only happen to someone else, you know you only hear about these things, but when it hits home it’s hard.
–Kimberly’s maternal grandfather
Everyone that this kind of tragedy happens to thinks it could only happen to someone else. If you leave your guns laying around when children are in the house, you’re playing Russian Roulette with their lives.
An Irondale family is grieving the loss of a 9-year-old girl, who police say was accidentally shot and killed by her 3-year-old brother.
Watson said Kimberly’s brother got hold of a loaded gun on a nightstand at his great-grandparents’ home in the 2300 block of Monroe Drive around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The boy accidentally shot Kimberly while she was sitting on the floor in a bedroom.
Don’t let it happen to you. I don’t care if you buy my recording or not, but please lock your guns up when little children are around. You can’t teach the Four Rules to a three year old. I’ve done some additional research about how often this happens and, frankly, the results sicken me.
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Reblogged this on RealDefense and commented:
In a safe or on your person. Simple as that.
Reblogged this on Women and Guns and commented:
Another needless tragedy…
Would the average person leave a butcher knife where a three year old could get it? Or prescription medicine? How about an open fireplace with a fire burning? Or drop the child off in the middle of a busy freeway? Ridiculous you say? No more ridiculous than leaving a loaded gun unlocked and unattended. Wishful thinking won’t keep a child safe. It’s no different than the gun owner shooting the child themselves. I can’t think of anything more negligent. People wonder why there are so many anti-gun supporters. They don’t have control of such events, and it scares them. Gun owner’s have control. Use it wisely, or give your guns to someone who is more responsible.
I have “friends” who have guns all over their homes–every gun is either in a safe or in a quick-access lockbox or on their person. It’s almost impossible to be outside of arms-length reach of a readily accessible (if you now the combo) firearm in this home. Yet every single gun is secured against unauthorized access.
I think as a group gun-owners have to start policing our own. We should nudge our gun shooting friends to get a safe, LGS owners and large chain retailers should mention it at the cash register, spouses should insist upon it. If we don’t want government regulating us then we have to regulate ourselves. Gun ownership is right AND responsibility. In our fervor to prevent our rights from being stripped we have forgotten our responsibility.