Bang-Bang You’re Dead

 We’re reposting this piece from Babble.com because we believe there’s nothing more important than keeping your children safe from harm. Please don’t let this happen to you. 

3-Year-Old Boy Killed When He Confused Pink Gun With a Toy

 

The thing about a regular gun is that it looks scary. When it comes to real weapons, we’re used to guns that are black or metallic. But what happens when the gun is pink, or another bright color? Chances are if you’ve seen a colored gun, it’s almost always been a toy. And that’s exactly what happened in Greenville, South Carolina, where a 3-year-old boy was fatally wounded when he and his 7-year-old sister were playing with a pink gun and mistook it for a toy.

According to the Associated Press, Tmorej Smith was killed by a gunshot to to head. The siblings had been in a bedroom when they were playing with the pink gun while their grandparents were in the living room (their parents weren’t there at the time). The incident was ruled an accidental homicide and no charges were filed.

But here’s the thing, the color of the gun is not be blamed. A gun is a deadly weapon no matter what shade it is. The important thing, be it a pink gun, a black gun, or a neon rainbow one, is it needs to be locked up and put safely away from prying little hands. Children are curious by nature, and if they can easily get to a weapon, there is a chance they will try to play with it and there could be tragic consequences. The CDC reports that in 2010, 129 people between the ages of 1 and 19 died in gun accidents, all in deaths that could have been prevented. And there is an easy way to avoid these deaths: by proper storage and care.

Project ChildSafe advises that gun owners:

  • Properly store firearms in the home
  • Practice safe firearm storage options in the home
  • Make certain that firearms in the home are not accessible to anyone — especially a child.

Good advice.

Do you have a gun in the house? If so, how do you store it?

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


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