EDGEWATER, Fla. -- A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the foot after grabbing a shotgun off a table at a Volusia County home.
Edgewater police say the boy's grandfather had been cleaning the shotgun Friday morning when set the weapon on a table to clean another gun. The boy, who was not identified, grabbed the shotgun and fired it. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for the foot wound.
Police say they aren't planning to charge the grandfather.
No surprises here. Florida's always prevalent in the gun news. And of course not charging the grandfather is what you'd expect from them. What I'm curious about is why the gun was loaded if he was cleaning it? Is that normal practice, or do you think it was just an oversight like leaving a round in the chamber and not being aware of it?
The guys who keep doing that, forgetting about the round in the chamber, are they the same ones who talk about situational awareness? Are these they gun owners who are hyper-aware of their surroundings in order to be prepared if the worst happens? Maybe all that stress when out and about leads to relaxing and sloppiness at home. What do you think?
Or are some gun owners (not many and not most), are some gun owners just plain too stupid and irresponsible to own guns safely? What's your opinion?
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