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.