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At noon I was watching Eyewitness News which comes on WABC here in NYC.  There was a report that a 4 year old in Toms River NJ shot his 6 year old playmate in the head with a rifle.  It's reported that it was an accident and the 6 year old is in critical condition.

First, I'd like to know how a 4 year old gets his hands on a rifle and hold his parents totally responsible for this shooting.  Apparently they did not secure the weapon and it was easy for this child to get it.  I believe I also heard that there were other guns in the home but I'm not sure of that because my phone rang and I had to answer it.

This is another reason why we need gun control and also responsible gun ownership.  If a 4 year old is able to get his hands on a rifle and shoot it we've got a problem.  The problem is the parents of the 4 year old and their inability to know that you don't leave a rifle where your child can get their hands on it but if you do, you make sure that there are no bullets in it.  This rifle should have been in a locked cabinet out of reach of this child but it wasn't.

This is sad, not only for the 6 year old and his family but for the 4 year old also and his family which I hold totally responsible (his parents, not him).  

Update:  I was in my car driving to meet friends for dinner when I heard that the 6 year old ( think his name is Brandon) passed away.  How sad.    

Originally posted to Rosalie907 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 01:54 PM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA) and Shut Down the NRA.

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