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5 year old accidentally kills 2 year old sister

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Cholly, May 1, 2013.

  1. 4HiMarks

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    Swiming pools, bicycles, and toys are not designed with the express function of killing things, yet there are regulations requiring swimming pools to have fences, bicycle riders to wear helmets, and toys to not have small parts that are easily detached and swallowed. If any of those regulations are ignored, the owner, manufacturer, and/or parent is liable for negligence at least. Why are guns less regulated?
  2. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    There are "thousands" of gun control laws. That sound like less regulation?
  3. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    Who knows? If a state has no gun control laws or ineffective ones, chances are that cities and towns would pass their own laws, peerhaps even with the same wording -- just as with swimming pool laws. If that number of gun control laws is something cited by NRA officialdom, I'd say it's subject to question. That being said, the real issue here is parental responsibility. The rifle should not have been loaded, and it should have been secured. The gun was leaning in a corner and the boy was merely acting out a fantasy like most 5 year olds might. The parents may be grieving, but responsibility for the gun lays with them.
  4. Getteau

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    Dec 19, 2007
    This ^^^^^
    This is tragic situation and I can't begin to imagine the pain/guilt the parents are going though. However, no amount of new/old laws is going to force a parent to be responsible. That goes for leaving a loaded gun accessible in a location a child can find, leaving the gate open to your pool when you have children that can't swim, leaving children in a parked car when it's 100 degrees outside, leaving a bucket of water on the floor or a full bathtub when you have a toddler that can barely walk let alone pull themselves out of the bucket/tub ... The list goes on and on.
  5. djlong

    djlong Hall Of Fame

    Jul 8, 2002
    New Hampshire
    There IS a difference.

    The unattended pool or kid riding a bike without a helmet only hurts THEMSELVES.

    An ignorant kid with a gun is a menace to anyone in range.

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