A shooting in Tennessee leaves on small boy dead. According to the Tennessean, an unidentified 4-year-old boy shot himself to death after handling a loaded gun.
WKRN reports that police responded to the scene on Sunday, August 17 just before 6 p.m. that evening after a 911 call indicated that a shooting had taken place. When Clarksville officers arrived at the home located in the 2600 block of Arthurs Court, they found the body of a 4-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the chest. The Clarksville police were advised that the young boy had found an unsecured, loaded gun in the home, where he picked it up and shot himself in the chest.
The boy was air lifted to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police are still investigating the child’s death and are asking for anyone with information to contact the local Clarksville authorities at 931-648-0656.
The boys shooting death has caused many Clarksville, Tennessee, community members to react this way.
“What is the matter with parents and or adults to allow a 4 year old baby to get a hold of a gun pure stupidity?”
“Please keep you’re guns safely away from children guys this sits heavy on my heart. Prayers to the family.”
“Give these stupid parents life behind bars.”
About once a month shooting deaths involving children make news headlines. Earlier this month, a 3-year-old boy found an unsecured gun in his Georgia home and shot himself in the jaw. He was taken to a local area hospital, where he was expected to make a full recovery.
In July of this, year 3-year-old Jahmez Hunt found a gun in his Wichita home and accidentally shot himself. Investigators say the child’s mother was taking a nap with her boyfriend at the time of the shooting. The mother’s boyfriend, who was a convicted felon, had brought the gun into the home without her knowledge or consent. He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm, according to WIBW.
Police officers admonish parents to make sure they have their guns safely put in a secured area where the child cannot access the guns under any circumstances. The book Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law, Volume 1 by Gregg Lee Carter suggests that over half of gun-owning parents fail to lock up their guns in order to prevent their innocent children from accessing them.
As reported in the Inquisitr, it is important to educate your children about gun safety. However, simply telling them about gun safety is not enough to prevent a shooting in the home. Some suggest that if a parent insists on having a gun in the home, then a child should have no knowledge of where the guns are kept, let alone knowing how to access the gun.
It is estimated that at least 10 children under the age of 20 are killed by guns in their home every single day.