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Preschooler Shoots Both of his Parents
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, a 3-year-old boy managed to retrieve a hand gun from his mothers purse while the family was staying at a local motel.  Many tragedies start this way, usually ending with the child shooting themselves or another child who happens to be in the room.  This case, however, took an unusual turn: instead of shooting himself, the boy managed to fire a single shot that struck and wounded both of his parents.  (Even Dirty Harry would be impressed.)

Not to make light of the situation, but after following the deaths of thousands of children as a result of parents leaving a loaded gun accessible, this seems like a little bit of good news.  Hopefully these parents have learned their lesson, and won’t leave a loaded gun lying around anymore where their children can reach it.

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Boy Shot With Flare Gun
In Meridian, Idaho, police say a two year old was injured after being accidentally shot in the head with a flare gun by his four year old brother.  The incident occurred in the back yard of a home.  (USA Today 10-24-14, p. 4A)

No Charges in Careless Gun Case
In Elmo, Missouri, police announced that no charges would be filed in the case of a 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 9-month-old brother while playing with a handgun. (march 15, 2015)


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