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.