Monday, February 28, 2011

Another (!) NC second grader killed in pellet gun accident. (Second in a week.)

Second child killed in pellet gun accident ::

Image via WRAL

Fremont, N.C. — For the second time in a week, a youngster in the Triangle has been killed in a pellet gun accident.
I saw, but didn't comment on the first accident because, while tragic, it didn't involve a real firearm. But, how does this happen within a week of the last accident? It happened nearby and has been all over the news! What kind of parent continues to allow his or her 7-year-old kid to play with these things?! I imagine a conversation something like this: "Hon, isn't the pellet gun we bought the kids the same type as killed that little boy the other day? Should we reconsider if that is an age appropriate toy?" "Naw, this is the best way to learn'em safety so's they can have real gun soon! Besides, that was a freak accident, I played with pellet guns my whole childhood and look at me, I'm fine!"

Also from the article: "Wilson County authorities said the gun Alejandro's shooting has a similar design. The gun can be pumped up to 10 times to produce enough pressure to shoot a pellet at the same velocity as a .22-caliber handgun ... "
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