This shouldn't have happened. The person whose firearm was used should never, ever, ever be allowed to have possession of a firearm again, for failing to take adequate precautions. I hope they are deeply troubled and haunted by this event for the rest of their lives. I'd go so far as to say that negligence will turn out to be a factor in this child getting his hands on a firearm. Shame, shame, double shame on this firearm owner.
Firearm owners are not safe, not nearly safe enough, in spite of what they tell us. The proof of that is in how many more firearm homicides, suicides and accidents occur in homes with firearms compared to those households that do NOT have them, and compared to those countries that do not allow them as freely as we do.
But hey.......so long as they can stroke and carry and for all I know kiss their precious fetish objects at all times or nearly so, they don't mind this sort of thing at all. It's well worth it to them. They justify it in all kinds of ways, but the bottom line is, it doesn't matter what happens to anyone else so long as they have their fetish object handy to keep them happy.
That strongly suggests to me that the rest of us don't matter, and don't really have freedom or rights. That's not 'natural law' that's really ugly selfish bloody-mindedness.
From MSNBC.com :
Report: Boy shoots himself in front of 70 students
A New Hampshire elementary school was placed under lockdown Friday after a 14-year-old student shot himself in the face in the cafeteria with about 70 students present, NBC station WPTZ reported.
Cheshire County Attorney Peter Heed said Friday the gunshot was self-inflicted. The shooting happened around 11 a.m. at Walpole Elementary School in Walpole. The boy was hospitalized, but his name and condition were not released. No one else was hurt, according to WPTZ.
"Our hearts go out to the family of this young man and our thoughts go out to all of the students that were in the school at this time," Heed said at a news conference. He did not say what kind of gun the student used or where he might have obtained it. He also did not offer any information on why the student shot himself.
As of Friday afternoon, the student was in serious condition in the intensive care unit.
Ethan Symonds, a seventh-grader who was sitting at a table near the boy in the cafeteria, said he heard something "a little bit louder than a chip bag popping." He said he did a double-take, saw blood, and ran.
Eighth-grader Nick Phillips, who shares homeroom with the student, told WPTZ the boy had been passing notes during the week saying he was depressed. Phillips told the station he didn't know why.
Police allowed parents to retrieve their children.
"The state of New Hampshire is offering whatever assistance it can to the community, along with all of our thoughts and prayers," Gov. John Lynch said in a statement.
About 170 students in fifth through eighth grades attend the school.
Walpole is in southwest New Hampshire, a few miles from the Vermont state line and about 15 miles northwest of Keene.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.