Firearms aren’t toys, and when adults don’t treat them with the respect due them, senseless tragedies like this happen:
Authorities in southern Kentucky say a 2-year-old girl has been accidentally shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother, who was playing with a .22-caliber rifle he received as a gift.
Kentucky State Police said the toddler, identified as Caroline Starks, was shot just after 1pm CDT on Tuesday in Burkesville and was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the children’s mother was at home at the time.
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
I find that I lack the vocabulary to convey my frustration, sorrow, and anger over this turn of events. Caroline Starks had her life snuffed out before it even began. Her unnamed brother, himself not even school-aged, is going to have to live with the knowledge that he shot and killed his little sister. Can you imagine the trauma and anguish that will haunt him the rest of his life?
This is directly the result of negligent parenting, and you have to wonder what other sort of lethal threats these children faced before a loaded gun left in the corner of the home became the implement that took a life.
Incredibly, charges are not likely to be filed, even though this is clearly a negligent homicide.
Short of a mechanical malfunction, there are precious few gun accidents. The parents should face time in prison.