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Luo and McIntire report: "Children shot accidentally - usually by other children - are collateral casualties of the accessibility of guns in America, their deaths all the more devastating for being eminently preventable."

Lucas Heagren with his father, Joshua, on Christmas 2011, holding a .22 rifle that was a present. The photograph was evidence in Mr. Heagren's negligent homicide trial after Lucas shot himself. (photo: The New York Times)
Lucas Heagren with his father, Joshua, on Christmas 2011, holding a .22 rifle that was a present. The photograph was evidence in Mr. Heagren's negligent homicide trial after Lucas shot himself. (photo: The New York Times)

Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll

By Michael Luo, Mike McIntire, The New York Times

30 September 13


The .45-caliber pistol that killed Lucas Heagren, 3, on Memorial Day last year at his Ohio home had been temporarily hidden under the couch by his father. But Lucas found it and shot himself through the right eye. “It’s bad,” his mother told the 911 dispatcher. “It’s really bad.”

A few days later in Georgia, Cassie Culpepper, 11, was riding in the back of a pickup with her 12-year-old brother and two other children. Her brother started playing with a pistol his father had lent him to scare coyotes. Believing he had removed all the bullets, he pointed the pistol at his sister and squeezed the trigger. It fired, and blood poured from Cassie’s mouth.

Just a few weeks earlier, in Houston, a group of youths found a Glock pistol in an apartment closet while searching for snack money. A 15-year-old boy was handling the gun when it went off. Alex Whitfield, who had just turned 11, was struck. A relative found the bullet in his ashes from the funeral home.

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+1 # indian weaver 2013-09-30 16:06
Yep, and my son takes my 7 year old grand daughter to the shooting range. What can you do? Disgusting, such are Texans especially, but you find this atrocity everywhere I suppose.
+2 # Billy Bob 2013-10-01 07:27
Your sarcastic tone might disappear if her head is accidentally blown off.

Does your son let her control her own medication? The federal government requires child safety caps on prescription medication.

Does your son let her drive his car, or even let her sit in the front seat? If he does, he's breaking the law, because, for some reason, we, as a society, have decided that cars and prescription medications are too dangerous to be left in the hands of small children.

Luckily guns are kid-friendly.
-3 # Chrisp 2013-10-01 08:35
A lack of morality , breakdown of, and failure and breakdown of society is causing these losses.
In times past, we did loose children to guns, as well; when America, and the entire world was the wild, wild west.
As far as medications, we should save our children MORE from them, as they ARE POISON, including vaccinations.
The society we live in are BRAINWASHED by the drug-chemical companies.
+2 # Billy Bob 2013-10-02 09:18
Right now, there's a whooping cough epidemic.

This is 2013!

Why is there a whooping cough epidemic?

Because 10% of children aren't getting vaccinated, because their parents read the same information you did on the internet.

Tuberculosis, and scarlett fever are making a big comeback too.

People used to get their kids vaccinated, no questions asked, because they knew the horrors of these diseases first hand. It's disgraceful that people will need to see further outbreaks of deadly, BUT PREVENTABLE, childhood diseases, because people believe every bit of misinformation they read on the internet.

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