When will Americans learn that guns aren’t safe? In the latest completely avoidable accidental shooting incident, a seven-year-old boy shot himself in the chest at his family’s homemade gun range in El Dorado County, California.
WRCA3 reports the boy and his father were shooting together when the boy cried out from a pain in his chest, and they discovered the bullet wound. Their town is so remote, the father took the boy to the local fire station, where a helicopter picked him up and flew him to U.C. Davis Medical Center, just outside of Sacramento.
Thankfully, doctors expect the boy to survive, but… why must this child go through this painful and terrifying experience in the first place? Just last week, a nine-year-old girl made headlines for accidentally shooting her firearms instructor on a gun range!
The most disturbing thing is how WRCA3 and other news outlets report these accidental shootings as though they are unavoidable facts of life, rather than the result of the National Rifle Association’s relentless lobbying, and our nation’s sick and twisted policies on guns and gun safety.
If we must have so many guns around, why can’t we at least have stronger registration and safety requirements. For some reason, we’re okay with making people go through training, background checks, testing, and obtaining a license to drive a car, but require little or nothing when it comes to buying guns.
The County Sheriff Department told reporters they’re investigating, that the boy is expected to recover but his exact condition is unknown, and that nobody can seem to figure out how that danged bullet lodged in that kid’s chest.
Because, gee, that homemade gun range out back seems perfectly safe.