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 12-year-old Missouri boy killed in accidental shooting

 

12-year-old Missouri boy killed in accidental shooting

 

12-year-old Missouri boy killed in accidental shooting

12-year-old Missouri boy killed in accidental shooting

 

 

AP

 

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 5:17 AM

 

 

 

BRECKENRIDGE, Mo. (AP) -- A 12-year-old northwest Missouri boy is dead after accidentally shooting himself inside a home.

 

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to a home in Breckenridge around 8:45 p.m. Friday and found the child suffering from a gunshot wound.

 

Investigators say the boy was mishandling the gun when it went off. He was flown by helicopter to University of Kansas Medical Center where he died.

 

Breckenridge is a town of less than 400 people about 75 miles northeast of Kansas City.

 

Investigators say they haven't determined whether charges will be filed.

 

by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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krysstizzle
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Do you imagine 12 year olds always exercise good judgement?

Quoting jehosoba84:

 


Quoting krysstizzle:


Anyone blaming this incident on a 12yo should send their 12yo children and older out to start making a living and making it on their own.



 

 It is not entirely the fault of the kid. We don't know enough about the story to determine who IS at fault. However.....can you honestly tell me that at 12 years old that you did NOT know that a gun was deadly?


Can anyone honestly say they did not know a gun was deadly at 12 years of age? No, not every 12 year old is taught gun safety, but they know enough to know they should NOT touch one.


And how the hell do you equate the responsibility of living on your own to simply having brain cells enough to know  NOT to touch a gun?


 

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sherry132
by Silver Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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 What a sad and tragic story. My heart goes out to his family.

ChancesMommy07
by Silver Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I grew up in a very rural area where kids going hunting is a way of life. All of my cousins and siblings hunted with Pappy and our dads as well. And in all that time there have never been any accidents or even near misses. But we were with a responsible adult and we were using the gun safety we were taught. We weren't allowed to just take the guns and go target shoot. We were never given access to guns when adults weren't present. I didn't go hunting on my own for the first time until I was 18.

Quoting mehamil1:

Now, this just blows my mind. My son is 9 and I would never, ever, allow anyone to hand him a firearm and expect him to use it. Part of the reason why is because my kid is a little shit and I have no doubt he'd end up like the kid in this piece. 

Kids are kids and they are going to do stupid irresponsible things. This kid obviously did not know better even if we think he should have. He obviously didn't. However, the adult who owns it should have known better to keep it in a place where this kid couldn't get it. 

Quoting ChancesMommy07:

Lol, I was the same way and I was the oldest of five, my poor mom! And my son certainly does things on a regular basis that leave me scratchimg my head!  I started hunting with my grandfather when I was nine but the gun was never in my hands until he took it from the gunsafe and handed it to me. Leaving guns where children have access is just plain irresponsible, even when they know gun safety. 

Quoting mehamil1:

I did some pretty stupid things at 12. Mainly because I didn't know any better. If I had access to firearms I have no doubt I would have screwed around with them. I was such a little shit. Looking back on it I don't know how I survived my mother. I gave her more than enough reason to just drown me and be done with it. So maybe this kid was of the same kind of mindset. 

Quoting ChancesMommy07:

We have a safe full of guns and even though our son has been taught gun safety he still has no access to them and he is never going to be given the combintation to the safe that holds the guns or the smaller one with the ammo. 12 is old enough to know better than to touch a gun but then children are not always known for making great decisions, hence the reason they need parents



jehosoba84
by Jenn on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM

 

Quoting krysstizzle:

Do you imagine 12 year olds always exercise good judgement?

Quoting jehosoba84:

 


Quoting krysstizzle:


Anyone blaming this incident on a 12yo should send their 12yo children and older out to start making a living and making it on their own.



 

 It is not entirely the fault of the kid. We don't know enough about the story to determine who IS at fault. However.....can you honestly tell me that at 12 years old that you did NOT know that a gun was deadly?


Can anyone honestly say they did not know a gun was deadly at 12 years of age? No, not every 12 year old is taught gun safety, but they know enough to know they should NOT touch one.


And how the hell do you equate the responsibility of living on your own to simply having brain cells enough to know  NOT to touch a gun?


 

 I guess my perception of 12 year old is WAY off, if everyone else's comments on this are anything to go by. I think that we don't hold 12 year olds up to the same standards that society used to. Kids today have ZERO personal responsibility for their actions. It's always the parents fault.

When I was 12, I sure as hell knew better than to touch a gun, and I had a healthy enough fear of my elders to not do it anyway, even if I knew it wasn't loaded.     The fact that many people posting comments on this say that even when 'they' were 12 they would have picked up a gun, even knowing better, is absolutley no excuse for their actions. They are all idiots, in my personal opinion. This is just a very sad case of darwinism in effect.

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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I see the blame the victim mentality.. gag

ArianEponae
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:34 AM
At that age, you should know better than to touch the gun...

Quoting mehamil1:

Not if the kid didn't have a clue on how to handle a gun. I know I didn't at 12. I had never even seen a gun out of a police officers holster. 

Who's gun was it? How did the kid get at it? Why didn't that person demonstrate how to handle the gun properly? The blame rests with the owner of the damn thing. 


Quoting jehosoba84:

 A 12 year old should know better.  It's a sucky thing to say, but it's true.


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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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Knowing better and acting on that knowledge are two different things. Scientific studies have shown that developing brains lack a certain amount of cause and effect about judgement like this until the child is MUCH older.

Quoting ArianEponae:

At that age, you should know better than to touch the gun...

Quoting mehamil1:

Not if the kid didn't have a clue on how to handle a gun. I know I didn't at 12. I had never even seen a gun out of a police officers holster. 

Who's gun was it? How did the kid get at it? Why didn't that person demonstrate how to handle the gun properly? The blame rests with the owner of the damn thing. 


Quoting jehosoba84:

 A 12 year old should know better.  It's a sucky thing to say, but it's true.



Naughty Wittle Puppy

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

This short story does not even say if the child was shot in his own home...just says A home.

Naughty Wittle Puppy

krysstizzle
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Ah yes, it was so much better back when 12 year old had more expected of them, like working in factories 10 hours a day.

Romanticize the past is disingenuous.

We know now about brain development. We know children do not have the same reasoning capacity
as adults. I'd say ignoring that fact is ignorant.

This is a case of irresponsible adults. Darwin has nothing to do with it. Fyi, natural selection within a culture that removes all natural selectants is not the same as Darwin's natural selection.


Quoting jehosoba84:

 


Quoting krysstizzle:

Do you imagine 12 year olds always exercise good judgement?


Quoting jehosoba84:


 



Quoting krysstizzle:


Anyone blaming this incident on a 12yo should send their 12yo children and older out to start making a living and making it on their own.




 


 It is not entirely the fault of the kid. We don't know enough about the story to determine who IS at fault. However.....can you honestly tell me that at 12 years old that you did NOT know that a gun was deadly?



Can anyone honestly say they did not know a gun was deadly at 12 years of age? No, not every 12 year old is taught gun safety, but they know enough to know they should NOT touch one.



And how the hell do you equate the responsibility of living on your own to simply having brain cells enough to know  NOT to touch a gun?



 


 I guess my perception of 12 year old is WAY off, if everyone else's comments on this are anything to go by. I think that we don't hold 12 year olds up to the same standards that society used to. Kids today have ZERO personal responsibility for their actions. It's always the parents fault.


When I was 12, I sure as hell knew better than to touch a gun, and I had a healthy enough fear of my elders to not do it anyway, even if I knew it wasn't loaded.     The fact that many people posting comments on this say that even when 'they' were 12 they would have picked up a gun, even knowing better, is absolutley no excuse for their actions. They are all idiots, in my personal opinion. This is just a very sad case of darwinism in effect.

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specialwingz
by Bronze Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

It's called E-D-U-C-A-T-I-O-N people!  If people haven't learned by now that they need to educate their children about guns and gun safety, then the parents are S-T-U-P-I-D!   

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