A Gun is a Great Gift for a 5-Year-Old

5-year-old with a gun

What’s the worst thing that can happen when you give a 5-year-old a gun as a gift? Answer: he shoots and kills his two-year-old sister.

A 5-year-old boy in Kentucky shot and killed his 2-year-old sister while playing with a .22 caliber rifle that he was given as a birthday gift. Who gives a gun to a 5-year-old? Apparently a lot of people, because the gun was from a line of “little Crickett rifles” made for youths. The Crickett website features three different .22-caliber rifle models for kids, with shoulder stock colors ranging from pink to red, white and blue swirls. “My first rifle” is the company’s slogan.

Kentucky State Police Public Affairs officer Billy Gregory says, “In this part of the country, it’s not uncommon for a 5-year-old to have a gun or for a parent to pass one down to their kid.”

Ok… rifles for kids seems a little weird, but why didn’t the family keep it locked away or at least remove the bullets? They did! Kind of. The gun was kept in “the corner” and they didn’t “realize” a shell was left inside. Somehow the five-year-old managed to get into “the corner”, grab the gun and shoot his little sister. And just when you thought leaving weapons in the corner was safe!

The toddler was shot in the family home just after 1pm on Tuesday. The child’s mother was at home at the time but had quickly stepped out.

“The mother was home at the time of the incident but she had stepped outside,” Gregory said. “It’s just one of those nightmares — a quick thing that happens when you turn your back.”

Yes, a quick thing that happens when you give your 5-year-old a loaded gun as a birthday gift.

Via: CNN

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