As always it's the one or two extreme stories that color the whole wall. But this is an issue that honestly makes me ashamed of my trade. It's no different than the way the tobacco industry used to market to kids (remember Joe Camel?). There's no denying that that the earlier you can convert a consumer, the more loyalty you're likely to reap. So let's start promoting kid-sized chain saws, Barbie arc welding kits, toddler-sized Lear jets...
I agree with you that at such young ages, it's the parents' job to teach their kids responsibility and safety, and to monitor their activity like white on rice. But still... There's got to be more practical limits on stuff like this.
Rum must have been kicking in..lol. I mean to say there were 3 incidents.
Easy to do when the same story is splashed all over the place.
On the other hand there are more kid on kid killings, accidentally & otherwise than most people are aware of.
2 kids I used to play with whenever we visited my Dad's people in the suburbs of Birmingham parted company when one took the top of the others head off while doing what we were all too familiar with them doing, playing "bang-bang" shoot'em up all day every day with toy guns.
I was back in Jersey at the time, but my aunt related the story to us during one of our last conversations.
Don't ask me why at some juncture they picked up two guns (as opposed to"Rifles") that had always been in the closet... one was a Civil War musket, the old single shot ram-rod, pre-rifling affairs ...the other a shotgun. One of them pointed the musket at the other and pulled the trigger...... ...well, I'll leave the rest to your imagination.
On another note, I've had 2 uncles shot to death, one in 'Jersey the other in Birmingham... one was gang related the other fighting over woman.
I'll leave it to you to figure out which was which.
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