This is the kind of news that makes me despair

Yesterday’s issue of the Plain Dealer had a brief news item that read in it entirety as follows:

Authorities are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who reportedly shot himself at a home in central Ohio. Police in Franklin County’s Madison Township were called to a home around 9 a.m. Sunday for a boy with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to a Columbus children’s hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say the boy’s father told officers he keeps a loaded gun in the kitchen.

A young child’s life is snuffed out because he was able to get his hands on a loaded gun! In the kitchen! Presumably in a place where a toddler, yes a toddler, could reach it. I simply cannot understand how anyone could allow such a thing to happen.

And the worst part is that this is not even big news but is tucked into a small item in a section that is used as filler news. That alone shows how routine such senseless tragedies have become in the US because of people’s carelessness with deadly firearms.


  1. Amarnath says

    I am going to make you even sadder with what happened in our state.

    DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — The parents of an 11-year-old boy who fatally shot an 8-year-old girl after she refused to show him her puppies​ are being sued for $10 million.

    The wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday in Jefferson County, Tennessee, on behalf of the girl’s mother, Latasha Dyer, argues that the boy’s parents had a duty to keep their son from harming others with a firearm.

    Makayla Dyer was playing outside her home in White Pine, about 40 miles east of Knoxville, in October when the boy asked her to get the puppies, and shot her after she refused.

    Authorities say the boy fired the fatal blast from a bedroom window of his family’s trailer as his parents watched a football game on television, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.​

    A reporter posted the picture of the sad puppy (that was the cause of murder) lying at the doorstep waiting for MaKayla.

  2. Mark Dowd says

    And that idiot fucking family will just consider it an unavoidable random act of god instead of a totally preventable consequence of their own fucking decisions, so they won’t feel any guilt at all. They didn’t kill him, he just died, you know? These things just happen on their own, it’s not their fault.

    Because a home without loaded guns strewn around it is like peanut butter without jelly or something. That would just be wrong.

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