Believe me, the death of any child is a tragedy for me, but if you check the child mortality stats for firearms, they are by no means the top killer. Here's one link but you all can google it and get more recent ones if you dispute that one, they all are close in numbers. The rates have dropped in the recent years but autos still kill at around 3x the rate for preteens than firearms. Unintentional firearm fatalities like the one in this thread starter are 2% of auto accidents for preteens.
That's why I say this is all hype for the ant-gun crowd. Why not lobby for stricter seat belt/restraint laws for pre-teens too and bring that into the national spotlight.
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