A 3-year-old boy in Tennessee is dead after he shot himself in the mouth with a .40 caliber handgun. The gun was owned by a resident of the home in which the boy shot himself.
A local police lieutenant had strong words for the gun owner responsible for the boy’s death and those putting children in similar circumstances.
Lt. Steve Warren, of the Clarksville, Tennessee, Police Department, spoke to local media, saying, “I understand that people have a need to be able to defend themselves and actually access their firearms quickly, but with this new technology, they can do that and still secure that firearm from a small child.”
It has not yet been announced which, if any, charges are going to be filed in this case. The exact relationship of the gun owner to the victim was not revealed by police. Reports only say that he was visiting with his family from Fort Riley, Kansas.
With no further details given, any number of the safety measures which Republicans routinely refuse to allow to pass could have prevented the weapon from being under the ownership that led to this boy’s death.
From increased background check requirements to the closing of the “gun show loophole,” the right has taken it as a religious creed to strike down and block to the best of their ability any and all gun safety measures that Democrats propose.
Before the US House went on its current recess for the July 4 holiday, Congressional Democrats staged a dramatic protest in the House Chamber, demanding a vote on gun safety rules — which House Republicans denied.
This boy is among 297 American children under the age of 11 who have been killed by gun violence since January 1, 2016, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
To put that number in perspective, since January 1, 2016, the death toll from gun violence only among small children has passed the equivalent of 6 repeats of the mass shooting at Orlando, Florida’s Pulse nightclub, which claimed the lives of 49.
This number amounts to just under 5 percent of the total number of gun violence deaths in America in the same time frame, a number sitting at 6,890 as of the morning of July 4.
Local Tennessee NBC affiliate WSMV reports on the incident below.
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