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2-Year-Old Shot By Brother

I don’t remember when I got my first real gun, but it was long after I was 5 years old. In the news Wednesday a Kentucky mother suffered an unbelievable tragedy when she stepped outside of her home for just for a few minutes and in that time her 5-year-old son apparently retrieved his “Little Crickett” single-shot 22 rifle and accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister. The 5 year-old-boy got the rifle for his 5th birthday. The 2-year-old girl, Caroline Starks, died in Burkesville, in southern Kentucky.  Her autopsy is scheduled, but the shooting has been ruled accidental.

According to

 Caroline Starks’ death comes in the wake of two other incidents in recent months involving young children shooting others. In early April, a 4-year-old boy in Tennessee shot and killed a 48-year-old woman, and just days later, 6-year-old Brandon Holt was killed in New Jersey after being shot in the head by his 4-year-old playmate.

The Crickett website markets different rifle models to kids with a slogan of “My first rifle”.  I’m all for responsible gun ownership, but should a kid who is barely potty trained be given a gun?


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