Another story about a child finding a gun, shooting (and killing) others

In a never ending story, yet another child has shot someone after discovering a gun in the house. I had been pulling together another post, when the following news article caught my eye in yesterday’s newspaper, “4-year-old accidentally shot by juvenile with unsecured weapon in Charlotte, police say” by Jonathan Limehouse of The Charlotte Observer. The full story follows, but I did provide a link below.

“A 4-year-old is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being accidentally shot by another juvenile in a northwest Charlotte home Monday morning, police said.

Around 11:30 a.m., Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call in the 2100 block of Long Ridge Lane. Upon arrival, officers found the 4-year-old victim with a gunshot wound.

Based on initial evidence, police said another juvenile found an unsecured firearm inside the home and accidentally shot the victim.

Detectives are currently speaking with the adults who were inside the home at the time of the shooting, police said.

Police did not specify the relationship between the victim and the juvenile who fired the gun.

RECENT SHOOTINGS INVOLVING YOUTH, UNSECURED FIREARMS

▪ On Aug. 8, a 2-year-old boy in Gastonia shot and killed his father, Markovia LaShawn Durham, at his grandmother’s home.

“He thought it was a toy,” the child’s grandmother told Observer news partner WBTV.

The .40-caliber Glock handgun “was not properly secured at the time,” the Gaston Gazette reported.

Durham, 29, was feeding his son when the incident happened, the grandmother told WBTV.

▪ On the morning of July 24, a 14-year-old accidentally shot his 12-year-old brother in west Charlotte.

The 12-year-old was seriously injured, police said.

The 14-year-old was charged with possession of a handgun, which he found walking to a store near his house, the boy’s mother told WSOC-TV.

Police ruled this shooting an accident.

▪ A mother of five was accidentally killed in Cornelius on Feb. 15 when her children found a gun in her purse, according to Cornelius police.

Police found Gabriel Alexis Henderson, 25, in a back bedroom of her apartment. Medic pronounced her dead on the scene.

Investigators determined that the only people in the home at the time of the shooting was Henderson and her five children. The oldest child was in the living room, while the other four were in the bedroom playing with a small semi automatic handgun they found in Henderson’s purse, police said.

The mother’s youngest child also was shot but suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

YOUTH, HANDGUN SHOOTING STATISTICS

An estimated 4.6 million American children live in homes with at least one gun that is loaded and unlocked, according to Everytown Research.

▪ There have been at least 239 unintentional shootings by children this year, resulting in 94 deaths and 157 injuries nationally.

▪ In North Carolina this year, there have been at least 12 unintentional shootings by children, resulting in seven deaths and six injuries.

▪ Last year, there were 15 unintentional shootings in the state, which resulted in six deaths and nine injuries.

▪ In 2019, there were at least seven unintentional shootings by children, resulting in just eight injuries in North Carolina.

▪ In 2018, there were at least eight unintentional shootings by children, resulting in two deaths and six injuries in North Carolina.”

I actually called the reporter and thanked him for his well-done article, including citing other recent shootings and child gun deaths over the last few years. To be brutally frank, this story could have been written at any time in any major city in America.

I blame cowardly politicians who are funded by the gun manufacturing industry who routinely tell us “now is the not the time” to address better gun governance. Well, right now, this is not about a mass shooting, although they are fairly routine in America. This is about what happens on a daily basis.

Guns need not be taken away, but we as a country need to have more accountability to owning a weapon designed to kill people. We govern driving a car better than we do owning a gun. It truly saddens me that someone dies at the hands of a child who stumbles onto a gun. It is especially painful when it is a child who is the victim. Plus the shooter has to live with the trauma of causing the death of another.

Responsible gun owners have stated publicly that they support better measures. Yet, the lobbyists from the gun industry keep stating the broken record of that is a “slippery slope.” Mr. Politician, I do not want to hear more platitudes of “thoughts and prayers” and I especially do not want to hear from gun industry sycophants giving me the party line of second amendment rights. Measures can be taken to make us safer and if won’t do it for adults, let’s at least do it for the children.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article253525709.html

21 thoughts on “Another story about a child finding a gun, shooting (and killing) others

  1. How is it that a Gun Manufacturer can buy off the allegiance of the politicians more easily than the money paid to them in pay and perks by the people they have sworn to protect?
    Hugs Keith

    • David, it should be noted the people in leadership at the NRA have been in trouble for using organizational funds for their own benefit. The CEO was let go. You would think now would be the time to do something, since the credibility of the NRA has declined. Keith

  2. I never get inured to these stories — they always astound me. People and their guns — I’m sick to death of it. Enough killing, especially involving children! Personally, I’d like to see all guns taken out of the hands of civilians, but I’m enough of a realist to realize that will never happen in this country where the gun is almost worshiped. Still, much stricter gun laws are needed and politicians who are in the pocket of the gun industry are the roadblock to that happening. Sad, but good post, my friend.

  3. The rest of the world thinks your gun laws and the attitude of gun supporters are crazy. They are barbaric, and are not the mark of a country that thinks of itself as civilised.

    • Clive, I agree. Doing very little about a never ending problem does not help in the matter. An amendment designed to let 18th century Americans keep their arms for food and protection in more frontier life wrapped in serving as a militia has “exploded” into greater protections than first envisioned. Keith

  4. Note to Readers: I had started a draft of a post last year about this time which followed three children shootings in five days in my area. Scroll forward one year and we have three shootings in the course of a month. I have said this before, but when my kids stumbled upon a loaded rifle in my father-in-law’s house, of which I was unaware, I simply asked if it was loaded. He said it was. I asked him to keep it unloaded or I cannot bring his grandchildren around. I was tactful, but matter of fact. He understood and honored m request.

    There are two things that do not mix very well and are truly an accident waiting to happen. The first is kids and loaded guns. The second is alcohol and loaded guns. People should not be surprised when a shooting occurs, whether it is an accident, suicide or manslaughter.

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