The Examiner-Enterprise from Bartlesville Oklahoma reports on another tragic accidental shooting death of a teenager. The deaths of young people his age are usually written off as being gang related, as if that makes some kind of difference. But, this one sounds like a straight accident.
A Bartlesville teen is dead following what police believe was an accidental shooting Thursday evening.
Reports indicate Tyler James Teague, 17, was killed when he was accidentally shot at a residence in Bartlesville.
According to a press release issued by the Bartlesville Police Department, the BPD Communications Center received an emergency 911 call at 6:44 p.m. Thursday. The caller reportedly stated that there had been an “accidental shooting” and that his friend was lying on the floor of a garage.
The problem is that accidents, which would be the first class of gun violence to benefit from fewer guns, are only a small drop in the bucket. Suicides are in first place, closely followed by homicides. Only then do we have gun accidents accounting for comparatively few of the total approximately 30,000 lives lost per year.
How people can continue to say that more guns make us safer is mind boggling to me. Are the pro-gun folks so short-sighted that they cannot see the whole picture? I agree with them that in certain circumstances it's good to have a gun, but the furious proliferation that they demand is doing more harm than good. Can't they see that?
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