May 082013

You know maybe we could start with something easy. Forget background checks and keeping guns away from criminals, psychopaths and gerbils. Let’s start with keeping guns away from kids under the age of, say, six.

I know many of you probably think that’s an infringement of the child’s constitutional right to bear arms.

At the bottom of this article (click the link) is a list of recent child shootings, more than I had come across in my casual reading.

TAMPA — A 3-year-old boy who found a gun in a backpack and shot himself died Tuesday night, authorities said, a local addition to this month’s spate of child shootings nationwide.

The boy, identified by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office as Jadarrius Speights, was with his mother, father and uncle in Apartment 109 of the Avesta apartments at 13144 N 22nd St., just west of the University of South Florida.

The uncle, Jeffrey D. Walker, 29, had bought the 9mm gun at a gun shop and had left it in a backpack in a bedroom he shared with the boy, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Carter said investigators believe the child found the gun and accidentally shot himself.

via 3-year-old boy fatally shoots self with uncle’s gun | Tampa Bay Times.

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