A family in Sanford grieved Wednesday after children playing with a gun left a 2-year-old boy dead.
Sanford police spent much of Wednesday trying to piece together what happened shortly before 11 a.m. in the back bedroom of a home at 522 Cannon Circle.
Capt. David Smith, head of the police department's investigations, said the three children of Melanie and Joey Tyson had been playing on a bed when a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun was fired.
Please don't tell me how rare these accidents are, please. I usually don't go in for that old gun control argument which says "if it saves only one life," but sometimes it crosses my mind. I can't get over the senseless stupidity that would allow something like this to happen.
Imagine how many other incidents result in shots fired which accidentally don't hit anyone. Do you think the gun owners report those to the police? And imagine how many times across America kids handle daddy's gun without firing it, again by accident they just don't happen to pull the trigger.
Add all those up and it's not so rare. Besides the kids actually killed or wounded, there are thousands of other near-tragic incidents.
Of course it's against the law, so at least we have that.
Investigators also were trying to determine where the children got the gun. After their investigation is complete, police plan to talk with the Lee County district attorney about possible charges.
In North Carolina, it is a misdemeanor to leave a gun accessible to a minor, Smith said.
Gun owners everywhere ought to cringe with embarrassment at that one. In many places people go to jail, that's GO TO JAIL, for small amounts of marijuana. But in North Carolina, "it is a misdemeanor to leave a gun accessible to a minor."
Words fail me. What's your opinion?