Friday, February 24, 2012

More gun tragedies

A nine year old faces possible jail time after a .45-caliber gun that he brought from his mother's house accidentally fired and wounded a classmate.
Crying and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, a frightened 9-year-old boy accused of accidentally shooting a classmate sat before a judge in juvenile court Thursday as his father gently rubbed his back.

The scene — coming a day after police said the boy accidently shot a fellow third-grader — raised questions that will be played out in the legal system: Did he know what he did was wrong? And is anyone else responsible?
The father is quoted as saying, "I just want everyone to know that my kid made a mistake. It was a terrible mistake;" however, no one is quoted about the abject stupidity of leaving a gun lying around where a nine year old could access it.

Cdogzilla links to a story about a pastor's 20 year old daughter who was mortally wounded in her father's church when her fiancée was showing another church member his gun.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Hannah Kelley was pronounced dead at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday at Bayfront Medical Center. An autopsy is pending.

Kelley had been hospitalized since Feb. 12, when she was struck in the head by a bullet at Grace Connection Church in St. Petersburg, where her father Tim Kelley is pastor.

Investigators have said Moises Zambrana was showing his gun in a small closet to another church member interested in buying a firearm. The St. Petersburg Times reports that the other church member, Dustin Bueller, was Hannah Kelley's fiancée.
Closer to home, a 102 year old Greensboro man shot his 84 year old wife before turning the gun on himself.

Just another average week of gun-related mayhem.