A 2-year-old girl was in critical condition Friday after being shot by her 4-year-old brother at their Las Vegas home, police said.
Police were investigating how the boy got the 9mm handgun. Cassell said their father was home when the shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. local time Thursday. It was not immediately clear if the father would face any charges.
"At this time it appears the (boy) was able to gain access to the weapon because it was improperly secured," Cassell said.
"Not immediately clear" whether he would face any charges? I don't know what to say about that. It sounds like a joke.
Once before we discussed the bloody relationship between kids and guns. Amazingly, the commenters, for the most part, refused to admit even the fact that there is such a problem. That analysis included children between 5 and 14 years of age, which essentially excluded older teens who might be involved in gangs as well as very young kids like in today's story.
If I were a gun owner who sincerely believed in the 2nd amendment as an individual right, and who equated that right with "freedom" itself, I'd feel a certain responsibility for this kind of collateral damage. Wouldn't you?
At first glance, this story from Las Vegas might seem like a one-off anomaly. Unfortunately, that's not the case at all.
The shooting came less than a week after a 5-year-old boy shot and killed himself with a handgun inside his father's vehicle outside a Las Vegas pharmacy. That father, 31-year-old Alex Kopystenski, has been charged with felony child endangerment.
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