Umm. Can we stop hearing all about how every gun owner in the country is just a law-abiding citizen who never means anyone any harm? When we come across stories like the one out of Memphis, TN this week about a five year old sneaking one of his parents’ guns into school in his backpack where it accidentally discharged, we just want to scream. Local Shelby County police spokesmen confirmed that a hand-gun inside the kindergartner’s backpack accidentally went off in the cafeteria while the students awaited their school day’s opening bell.
Police are quick to point out there was no evidence of any malice or ill-intent on the part of the child. They also were unsure at the time how the weapon found its way into the child’s backpack, but we’re pretty sure that guns don’t just magically disappear and reappear, and we’re also just as certain that most gun shop owners actually won’t sell guns to a five-year-old…although the NRA probably would fight for the right of all kindergartners to buy whatever gun their red-blooded American hands could get on.
If it’s determined that the gun in the backpack came from the parents of the boy, what kind of punishment is suitable? If you ask us, this makes one great argument for making all gun owners carry liability insurance though.
Watch the local news report of the shooting below: