A Florida man who accidentally shot and killed his son at a gun range is speaking out and his statement about the shooting is a prime example of why we need more gun control.
On Sunday, in Sarasota, fourteen-year-old Stephen Brumby was standing next to his dad, William C. Brumby, and siblings at the High Noon Gun Range when the shooting occurred. The elder Brumby fired his Ruger SR22 at a target and a shell casing flew into the back of his shirt. William reached back to get the shell casing out of the boy’s shirt with the hand that his .22 caliber handgun was in and in doing so he pulled the trigger, shooting his son in his jugular vein.
The teenager was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to save his life.
On Tuesday, William Brumby, 64, gave an interview with CNN and repeated the typical “it wasn’t the gun’s fault” line:
The gun didn’t kill my boy — I did. Every round in the gun is your responsibility. When it fires, you need to stand to account for it. That’s what I’ve spent the last two days doing, accounting for my operating error.
Brumby is half right. It is absolutely his fault that his son is dead. He chose to bring his kid to a gun range and his kid is dead. He failed to practice proper gun safety and his kid is dead. That is all true, but what he fails to understand is that had he not had a gun around his child in the first place, his son would still be alive.
The father said that he has taken all seven of his children to the gun range. “We wanted our kids to be aware of guns. I wanted them to be comfortable around them and understand them.” Unfortunately, he failed to learn those lessons himself and now Stephen will never see his fifteenth birthday.
The Sarasota Sheriff’s Department said they do not plan on bringing charges against Brumby because eyewitnesses all verified that it was an “accident.” That means Brumby will continue to be allowed to own firearms despite having killed his kid and he told CNN that he has no intention of getting rid of them.
The fact that someone can be allowed to keep their gun rights even after they have shown that they are not responsible is a HUGE problem. Not only should he have been charged in his son’s death, he should definitely lose his gun rights. Had it not been for his careless actions, Stephen would be alive. But in the Gun States of America, we don’t punish gun owners for their irresponsible actions and as a result of that, thousands of kids are injured or killed every year. It’s amazing, isn’t it?
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