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Tragedy Hits Close to Home

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by WALKERs210, Jun 6, 2012.

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  1. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    Local new in Birmingham, Al had a segment tonight about the death of a 3yr old in my very small home town, Sumiton, Al. Nothing has been released about how the child got the gun but from reports he was living with his mother due to divorce and some how managed to find a handgun. My wife was always an anti-gun person until we married and she has learned the proper way to store, handle a firearm, but still had to listen to a short lecture about guns safety from the wife. My kids were taught from age 2 up just what a gun was, I removed the curiosity about handling firearms and did my best to teach others to always safe guard weapons in the home. Waiting for the local anti-gun people to raise up
  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    It is always tragic when a child dies needlessly, whatever the cause, but gun related deaths strike home with the gun owner. We must be always vigilant about responsible gun ownership and use.

    A refresher course on gun safety is always good. I am sure you listened patiently.

    A good discussion of gun safety may help someone else.
  3. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    Is it sacrilage to say that the antis may have a point on the safe storage issue? even a blind squirrel finds his nuts now and then...
    leaving a loaded gun where a 3-year-old can get it is irresponsible. as a parent of two, i can only imagine the heartbreak of losing a child ... but if knew i could- and should- have prevented it? i'd follow shortly, i think.

    please... our rights require responsibility on our part. my heart aches for this mother.
  4. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    Locked up tight or on my person are the only two places you'll find firearms in my home.

    My kids are old enough to know better... and they do know better. But kids can be unpredictable... and who knows what their little friends will do.
  5. Jinx D'jinn

    Jinx D'jinn Active Member

    Many years ago my wife's 13 year old brother was killed in a handgun accident caused by another 13 year old. It scarred her family forever. When she and I got together I gave up shooting even though I had enjoyed it a great deal up till then.
    A while ago my young adult son came to me and told me he was going to learn to shoot, with the goal of buying a handgun. I went to my wife and, as gently as I could, told her that if he was going to handle firearms I was going to teach him so I could be sure he learned properly and so I was sure he learned safely. There was no discussion....it's my responsibility and I should have done it sooner.
    I started him off with my dad's old single shot .22, teaching him safe handling and range techniques, sight picture, trigger control, etc., just as I had been taught (only with much more patience. My dad thought a slap up the back of the head was a good way to remind me about range safety and muzzle control).
    My son scoffed when he first saw me check and clear a gun that had just been checked and cleared by the guy that handed it to me but I explained that before we were done it would be just as habitual to him as it was to me.
    We've been shooting together for awhile now, we go to the range every couple of weeks, and he's coming right along. His safety habits are excellent and I'm right proud of him.
    My father-in-law, who has since passed away, used to wave his old shotgun around like it was a toy and though I would never say it to my wife I can't help but believe that if he had taught his children that firearms are not toys to be brandished around in mock threats her brother would probably still be alive.
    I cherish the time he and I spend on the range and look forward to our time together shooting. I like to think he does too.
  6. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    As if it was not bad enough that a 3yr old child died, but tonight's news said the boy did not find a gun and shot himself, it was because of negligence of his father. Investigation is still going on to detriment just how it happened. If because of my own stupidity I ever hurt a child I really don't think I could live with it. Prayers for the boy and his mother.
  7. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    +1 lux perpetua
  8. Robert

    Robert Moderator

    While truly sad and horrible there is not much here beyond, something terrible happened and a gun was involved. Again, as a father of 2 this makes me very sad but this is not really on topic for THR.
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