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US boy, 5, accidentally shoots and kills sister, 2

A five-year-old boy who was playing with a .22 caliber rifle he'd been given as a gift accidentally shot and killed his little sister in their Kentucky home, officials said. The shooting happened Tuesday in rural Cumberland county and the two-year-old girl was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, the state police said.

Cumberland County Coroner Gary White identified the girl as Caroline Starks and said the children's mother was cleaning the house at the time and had stepped outside onto the porch.

The rifle had been given to the boy last year and was kept in the corner of a room. The parents didn't realize a shell had been left in it.

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A five-year-old boy who was playing with a .22 caliber rifle he'd been given as a gift accidentally shot and killed his little sister in their Kentucky home, officials said. The shooting happened Tuesday in rural Cumberland county and the two-year-old girl was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, the state police said.

A five year old was given a .22 as a gift?! And his parents let him keep it?

That's insane. No gun -- not even a .22 -- is a toy.

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I know it sounds callous, but it's natural selection at work.

I wonder what the attitude of the parents towards firearms is now. Maybe they're thinking trigger locks and gun safes are a good idea??
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Darwin strikes again.

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I don't see why the 2-year-old was unarmed. Shouldn't she have had the chance to return fire?
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I don't see why the 2-year-old was unarmed. Shouldn't she have had the chance to return fire?



probably Obama's fault
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A five year old was given a .22 as a gift?! And his parents let him keep it?

It's Kentucky. Things are different there.

The article mentions that gun manufacturers are now targeting (pardon the pun) kids that young with "small size" and even "pink for girls" guns because, you know, 12 or 13 just isn't young enough when you're in the business of manufactured death.
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rmhj: A five year old was given a .22 as a gift?! And his parents let him keep it?

Goofyhoofy: It's Kentucky. Things are different there.

The article mentions that gun manufacturers are now targeting (pardon the pun) kids that young with "small size" and even "pink for girls" guns because, you know, 12 or 13 just isn't young enough when you're in the business of manufactured death.


Apparently they are different now. All of my paternal aunts and uncles hail from just over the Tennessee border of Kentucky, but none of them was taught to shoot until the age of 12. All of them *were* taught to shoot at the age of 12, including the girls. And the family had two guns: grandpa's rifle, and the .22 rifle they all learned to shoot with.

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Apparently they are different now. All of my paternal aunts and uncles hail from just over the Tennessee border of Kentucky, but none of them was taught to shoot until the age of 12. All of them *were* taught to shoot at the age of 12, including the girls. And the family had two guns: grandpa's rifle, and the .22 rifle they all learned to shoot with.

I was shooting a 22 around age 5. At age 12, I had already taken a hunter safety class and was going on my first hunt. In PA, the age limit was 12 to hunt. Here in NC, there isn't an age limit.

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A five-year-old boy who was playing with a .22 caliber rifle he'd been given as a gift accidentally shot and killed his little sister in their Kentucky home, officials said.

Guns don't kill children. Children kill children.
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Guess Ralphie didn't shoot his eye out.
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Who's Ralphie?
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