An unidentified 14-year-old boy tragically lost his life during an accidental shooting at High Noon Gun Shop in Sarasota, Florida. Police arrived on the scene at around 3:15 PM local time to investigate the situation. At the time, the victim was still alive but later was pronounced dead as a result of the gunshot injuries. Details of the shooting are still hazy, but one thing is clear: this is another senseless death due to the fact that America is awash in guns and people insist that anyone and everyone should have whatever kinds of guns they like, whenever they like, and as many as they like, no questions asked.
You would think, as this sort of thing continues to happen so routinely, people might be more careful when it comes to their children being around guns – but no. People keep dying from “accidents” involving “responsible gun owners” and their weapons, and all anyone ever does is holler for “MOAR GUNS!” Sad, but true.
These “accidents,” as well as the mass shootings that have become more than routine at this point will continue until there are more safety precautions put in place regarding guns – particularly children and guns. It really ought to be some kind of child abuse or neglect charges to have anyone under the age of 18 around guns unsupervised. Even if there was supervision at this gun shop and range, someone dropped the ball on this one for sure regarding the safety of this child. No one who isn’t even old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes or have a drink should be at a shooting range anyway. America’s priorities in this arena are beyond screwed up, and here we have yet another death that will, sadly, just be another gun violence statistic in a line that is already far too long.
Many condolences to this poor child’s family and other loved ones.
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