Guns Claim Two More Children in St. Louis Region

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"From an infant's cold, dead hands!"
A ten-year-old Belleville boy accidentally shot and killed his five-year-old brother yesterday while playing with a shotgun kept in the home.

An "extremely tragic accident" is how Belleville police chief William Clay described the incident.

A day earlier -- Tuesday -- three-year-old Daniel Metz of Maryland Heights fatally shot himself in the chest while playing with a handgun belonging to his father, a police officer. Maryland Heights police chief Tom O'Connor called that incident "a terrible thing" and a "shock."

The deaths this week follow a fatal shooting last week when a three-year-old girl in south St. Louis shot and killed herself while playing with a handgun found in her home. (A 13-year-old girl who also shot herself while playing with a gun discovered in her East St. Louis home is recovering from injuries.)

And while police officials lament the shootings and warn gun owners to store their weapons safely, one wonders: Where is the NRA? Why hasn't it spoken out against these shootings? Or, do these examples detract from its argument?

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Frankiej206
Frankiej206

Dont blame the guns and try to use these tragic incidents to try and take away the rights to bear arms. The idiots who owned them are to blame, I have three kids and let me tell you unless I'm right next to where its stored, my gun is unloaded and locked. Not to mention my kids have been made well aware of how they operate and indeed that they can be extremely lethal. Granted they could likely easily disable/remove the locks with the tools I have for fixing other things, but then again it would not be the guns fault. I'm very sorry that these innocent children were lost or hurt by these accidents but accidents happen because responsible parties don't do the responsible thing. May the man above welcome them to a better place than the rest of us have currently.

Child Accident Claims
Child Accident Claims

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Mike N.
Mike N.

I just don't understand why I can walk into Wal-Mart and buy a box of 9mm ammo, but they want to make buying a box of Sudafed illegal...

Your Momma
Your Momma

It's a real shame the framers of the constitution couldn't know about all the wonders of modern medicine and that we'd have a bunch of ninnies trying to turn this country into a nanny state or they might have included the access to substances and pharmaceuticals as a inalienable right as well. 

Handsome Jimmy
Handsome Jimmy

Well damn, I expected to see a full-fledged flame war between gun nuts and limp-wristers and instead we get some bullshit slap fight over child prostitutes? You all are letting me down.

Your Momma
Your Momma

Why haven't you spoken out against backpages.com?

Chainsaw Attack
Chainsaw Attack

I agree with Your Momma...$100 erotic massages are worth just as much attention as toddlers blowing their heads off.

Chad Garrison
Chad Garrison

Yes! Throw out a red herring! Divert attention. Nothing to see here.

Your Momma
Your Momma

Not off topic. Not a red herring. 

This is about constitutional rights. I support and defend them all. You like to pick and choose. Each issue is an example of how people can abuse those rights which results in harm to others. 

Handsome Jimmy
Handsome Jimmy

Oh boy, can't wait for this thread to blow-the-fuck-up. 

jdub
jdub

How on earth do these kids just find guns around the house?  The parents, or parent, have only themselves to blame.  What a tragedy.

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