WHEN CHILDREN DIE - PART THREE  *



WHEN CHILDREN DIE

PART THREE


  

I Mentioned Three Ways Our Children Die  — There Are Much More — 

1️⃣  Accidental misfirings of a loaded weapon is one reason we lose kids — “ I didn't know it was loaded”.
2️⃣  The parents did not properly and safely put the weapon away under lock and key — and the child found it -- in one case right in the sofa — 
3️⃣  A Mass Shooting in a soft  target like a school or the Vegas massacre, movie theaters, Houses of Worship, parties, bars, any where the defenseless don’t stand a frikken chance —  is always the work of a loser or coward.

I’m embarrassed and mad at myself — I did not want to write more about this story because it really hit me hard thinking of kids in that age group I worked with at camps, Mid schools, other Rotary functions and charity events, mentoring science and math, and fishing for recreation.  

I did not sleep well last night.  I did not want or have to give it any additional publicity it is everywhere but when I came to my senses, it is an obligation to speak the truth. If I had attended that and listened to Abbot, I might have concluded he did not deserve to live and did something I might regret.

Beto O'Rourke was the only person with the courage and valor to confront that pile of sh*t on the dias, political hacks with gun votes on their minds and no f*cking compassion, just cheap words.


 ABBOT'S PRESS MEETING —  05/25/2022  2PM —  A FRIKKEN FARCE — 

The scumbags in attendance were the GOP Lizard Gov. Abbott, that frikken moron Senator Cruz,  Representatives of Law Enforcement, the indicted Attorney General Paxton and other schmucks and followers who made a political tragedy of the whole press conference. —  They were sanctified by their lack of compassion, lies, mis-direction and pure ignorance of cause and effect of the gun lobby.

It became a commercial for the GOP line of lying about this is all a problem with mental health, denying the truth for forty years, not the fact that 340 million Americans have 400 million guns. Not the fact the GOP has obstructed gun regulations, not the fact guns made to do what they did to the kids or adults are not sporting devices.  They were made to kill.  This show was such a crapshoot of GOP horseshit,  I went ballistic.

So hard I wanted to get in the car and seek some form of vengeance like running a politician over, from those politicians after the failed giant expose of the NRA.  Who bribe the GOP to fight gun laws with lies and mis-direction so they can keep the moron base vote with guns, and paybacks are enormous, thirty-one-million dollars went to T-RUMPS team . 

The gun lobby — the NRA is the front and propaganda division, is the richest and followed by the four biggest food cartels who also bribe the GOP and keep obstructionism intact. It’s all political.  Hang them all or lose more kids — 

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CNN — Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke confronted Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and other officials on Wednesday during a press conference about Tuesday’s deadly shooting at an elementary school in the state. The only one with a position and stance of non-acceptance of the bullsh*t being strewn forth.

“Gov. Abbott, I have to say something,” O’Rourke – a former congressman who represented El Paso, Texas, and is a former Senate and presidential candidate – said as he approached the stage in Uvalde, Texas. 

“The time to stop the next shooting is right now and you are doing nothing,” O’Rourke told Abbott. The two will face off in Texas’ gubernatorial race in November.

“You said this is not predictable. This is totally predictable,” he said of Tuesday’s shooting at a local elementary school where 21 people – including 19 children – died and 17 were injured. 

This is far from the first time O’Rourke has spoken out on gun violence. The former congressman used his platform during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary to advocate for stricter gun control measures, including a mandatory assault weapon buyback program. His focus on the issue was sharpened by an August 2019 racist massacre at a Walmart store in El Paso.


4️⃣  The GOP Obstructionists  —  President Joe Biden couldn't even get a director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed in the first year and a half of his presidency. His first nominee, though a career ATF official, had ties to groups that support gun restrictions. His second nominee, Steve Dettelbach, had his confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Biden, doing what he can, has begun administrative efforts to crack down on home-assembly ghost guns, but lacks the power to do much about the guns used in mass shootings.

Former President Donald Trump's administration tried to reinterpret an existing law against civilian ownership of machine guns to ban so-called "bump stocks" like the one used to kill 58 people in Las Vegas in 2017.    Gun rights groups have sued the Biden administration over the rule.


5️⃣  Paralyzed Senate —  

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, a majority of senators agreed to a bipartisan bill to expand background checks to all gun purchases except those between family members. It failed because a bipartisan minority opposed the bill. 

Notably, the three Democrats who opposed that 2013 bill have all been replaced by Republicans in the Senate. Another Democrat opposed the bill for procedural reasons.   Three Republicans supported the bill and two of the seats they represented are up for grabs in tightly contested elections this fall. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had no answers for how to move gun legislation other than to encourage people to vote in November in the midterm elections. But no likely election outcome will give either party the 60 votes needed to pass meaningful legislation.


6️⃣  Partisanship Is Growing —  Democrats, who narrowly control the Senate today, have moved toward a vote on a background check bill, but it is doomed to fail without those 60 votes.

There are efforts to legislate in other ways, with red flag laws to take guns from people who raise concerns about a shooting, for instance. A red flag law was enacted in Florida after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018, for instance. Read more about red flag laws. 

Any compromise seems a long way from becoming reality. And it's not clear those bills would have kept guns from most of the people who carry out these horrible crimes.  North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis said he worries red flag laws would also take guns from people who don't need them taken away.  "Virtually every one that I've seen here has been one that sweep up law-abiding gun owners into what I consider to be an overreach," Tillis told CNN on Tuesday. 


7️⃣  Many States Keep Loosening Laws. Other States' Laws Don't Work —  The Texas Tribune looks at how Texas, despite seeing many mass shootings in the state, has moved toward ever looser gun laws. Last year, it moved away from gun permits, allowing most people to openly carry guns without a permit or training. 

Meanwhile, laws in other states have been ineffective. Red flag laws failed to identify the shooter who targeted Black Americans at a Buffalo grocery store this month. A red flag law in Indiana failed to identify the shooter who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in 2021. The law has since been tweaked. 

The advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety notes that mass shooters often find their way around ownership restrictions, despite prior warning signs.


8️⃣  Courts Strike Down Laws —  Most restrictions on guns are enforced at the state level, and there is a patchwork of laws across the country. Even in states where strong majorities support gun control measures, federal courts have stood in the way. 

Citing the heroism of musket-wielding young people who he said fought in the Revolutionary War hundreds of years ago, a federal judge earlier this month threw out a California law that banned sales of semiautomatic guns to anyone under the age of 21. 

The Supreme Court appears poised to increase the number of guns on US streets -- that is, if it chooses to strike down New York's law governing concealed handguns. A decision is expected in the next month or so.

The country is clearly split on the issue of guns and how to restrict them. There is an apocryphal belief among many Americans that the Constitution views gun ownership in the same way it views life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. An increasingly conservative Supreme Court has turned that belief into precedent. 

You've certainly read that large majorities of the country support certain gun restrictions -- and that is true.


9️⃣  Support For Gun Restrictions Rises And Falls  — But it is not a vast majority of the country that wants a wholesale rewriting of the nation's gun laws.

CNN's director of polling Jennifer Agiesta notes that "support for stricter gun laws tends to spike after high-profile mass shootings, such as the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, which occurred a few weeks before Gallup measured its recent high of 67% support for stricter laws in March 2018."

In more recent Gallup polling, only a narrow majority of Americans are in favor of stricter laws on gun sales, and a survey last year from ABC News and The Washington Post found that about half the public says that neither stricter laws nor stricter enforcement would reduce the amount of violent crime in the US.

All that could change after this new, horrible string of shootings.

There is broad support in a Pew Research Center analysis of polling last year for some specific ideas that go far beyond what's possible in Congress: 

  • 87% supported preventing people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns. 
  • 81% supported making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. 


1️⃣0️⃣  People Do Support Specific Things —  Smaller but sill substantial majorities supported more controversial ideas, according to the Pew analysis:

  • 66% backed creating a federal database to track gun sales. 
  • 64% approved of "banning high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds." 
  • 63% approved "banning assault-style weapons." 

Despite the Supreme Court's skepticism of New York's permit law, just 20% in Pew's polling, including only 35% of gun owners nationwide, favored a law "allowing people to carry concealed guns without a permit." 

What this all means is that despite the cries that something -- or anything -- must be done, the US government is predisposed to inaction, the courts are very respectful of gun rights and the absolutists have a chokehold on the system. Until one or all of those things change, and as long as there are more guns than people in the US, this cycle will continue.


1️⃣1️⃣ The Deadliest US School Shooting In A Decade Shakes A Rural Texas Town

UVALDE, Texas — Officials in Texas described in chilling detail on Wednesday how an 18-year-old gunman shot his grandmother in the face and left her wounded at her home, drove a pickup truck that crashed at a high speed by a nearby elementary school, and exchanged shots with police officers on the scene who were unable to stop him before he killed 19 children and two teachers in a massacre in a single classroom.

  • The gunman was inside the school for roughly one hour before a tactical unit from the border patrol shot him several times, killing him. 
  •   According to preliminary investigatory documents described by a state police official, the gunman, identified by the police as Salvador Ramos, used an AR-15-style rifle in the killings on Tuesday, and a second similar weapon was left in the truck outside. Mr. Ramos purchased both guns within the last week, just after his 18th birthday, the official said. 
  • At a news conference on Wednesday, officials did not name a motive or catalyst for the killings. Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said that Mr. Ramos had no known mental health history, but suggested that mental health issues were a significant factor in the rise in mass shootings in the United States. Mr. Abbott was confronted at the news conference by a shouting Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso and political opponent who accused the governor of failing to address rising gun violence.
  • The chaotic rampage that unfolded in Uvalde, a small city about an hour and a half west of San Antonio, left a community in anguish, devastated families whose children had been violently gunned down at school, and renewed a national debate over firearms legislation and the stupefying tally of gun violence in America.
  • It was the deadliest school shooting since 20 children and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., 10 years ago.
  • The shooting began to unfold on Tuesday morning, when the local police department in Uvalde received a 911 call around 11:30 a.m. saying that a truck had crashed at Robb Elementary School and that a man had emerged from it carrying a long rifle and a backpack.
  • At least one armed law enforcement officer from the Uvalde school district was at the school. That officer exchanged gunfire with the gunman, but the gunman was able to get past the officer, the official said, citing the initial reports.
  • The gunman then entered through a south door at the school. After he was inside, two officers from the Uvalde Police Department arrived on the scene, engaged the gunman and were immediately met with gunfire, the official said. Both were shot.
  • It appeared that the gunman was contained in one classroom at that time, and the officers were unable to enter it. He remained there until a tactical unit from the border patrol killed the gunman, shortly after 1 p.m., the official said, citing state police reports.
  • Juan Paulo Ybarra Jr. said his little sister, a 10-year-old student at Robb Elementary School, described what happened in the moments leading to the massacre.
  • Mr. Ybarra, a 19-year-old senior at Uvalde High School, said that when he and his mother first heard about a possible shooting at the elementary school, they frantically drove to the civic center, where they were told they could reunite with the students who survived. After several hours, they were reconnected with his sister.  “We were panicking,” Mr. Ybarra said. “I just wanted to talk to my sister.”
  • As they left together, she began to describe the horrifying moments as the gunman approached the school, he said.
  • Mr. Ybarra said his sister told him that her fourth-grade class had been watching a movie when she looked out of the classroom window and saw a man outside with a gun. She told him that she alerted her teacher and that soon the classroom could hear gunfire aimed toward nearby windows.
  • Finally, Mr. Ybarra said, his sister described how she and her fellow classmates jumped out of the window, one by one, and ran to a funeral home across the street, seeking refuge.
  • All of the victims in the shooting have been identified, a state police official said. Several other children were injured. Officials did not release the names or ages of the students killed or of the two teachers.
  • A 66-year-old woman who officials said was the gunman’s grandmother was in serious condition on Wednesday.
  • University Health, a hospital in San Antonio, said on Wednesday that a 10-year-old girl who was brought to the hospital in critical condition after the shooting had improved and was now in serious condition. Two other girls, 9 and 10, were also hospitalized and in good condition. 
  • Acquaintances said the gunman frequently missed class when he was enrolled at a local high school and had few friends. The state official said that he appeared to have dropped out of school and had been employed at Wendy’s. 
  • When Jocelyn Rodriguez, 19, a Wendy’s employee, heard Mr. Ramos was the shooter, she was initially shocked, but soon his past behavior came into focus, she said. She knew him to have a bad temper and to snap at people. He had a tendency to pick fights with co-workers who were bigger than him, she said. And Ms. Rodriguez recalled he would often talk about how much he despised his mother and grandmother, whom he told her did not let him smoke weed or do what he wanted.
  • Earlier this month, he started picking fights with co-workers again and bragging about quitting his job, saying he no longer needed the money, Ms. Rodriguez said. He told her and others that he was going to “act out” in a big way and they would all hear about it, she said.  “He wanted to cause trouble,” she said. “He wanted to cause destruction.”
  • Robb Elementary lies in a rural area dotted with desert willows and bigtooth maples in Uvalde, a town founded in 1853 near the Mexico border. Census data show that more than 40 percent of the people in the neighborhood around the school have lived in the same house for at least 30 years.


1️⃣2️⃣  No One Tells The Truth Who is at Fault Here — I write about many topics, and there are no sacred cows.   But nothing hurts me more than to hear of accidents and incidents that could have been avoided and are mortal to our children.  In every instance below an adult, usually a family member contributed to the death of their own sibling. That is sad, very sad. 

I cannot keep it in, this is so hurting not only to those involved but to those who care about others, especially about the children who will not see another day in their young lives because of a failure by a parent, an adult or someone in politics that was heavily bribed by the gun lobby namely the NRA.  

The NRA is the prime arm of the gun lobby.  They BRIBE the politicians to support the gun manufacturers and protect them from any and all congressional action against gun control.  Then the politicians now owned by the NRA refuses to listen to his or her constituents of their district and even the NRA members in their districts who voted and agreed that, who agreed more control is needed.

Please...  save the kind words, this is so wrong and nothing but greed and arrogance, a lack of caring, and selfishness from the top down, into the heart ( if there is one) of the Republican party.  It’s all about the money.  Some get rich and some die.  Unfortunately it’s the children, not the politicians, and in a weird sense, maybe a few of them ( the politicians) have to die for them to take action, not useless words…


1️⃣3️⃣  HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) —  A 14-year-old girl who died Tuesday from a gunshot wanted to be TikTok famous and be the best friend, daughter and sister she could be. Those are the words her aunt wrote about her in a post that features some of the young girl’s social media videos.

Alexis Sky Pierson died after being shot by another child, said Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam on Wednesday. It happened at a duplex on East Madison Street in the Bayside Park community.

According to the sheriff, a 10-year-old and a 15-year-old who were next door walked over to hang out with the teen girl and her 10-year-old brother. The visitors reportedly brought two guns with them, and all four kids went into the bedroom.

The guns were on the bed when one of the kids picked one up around 8:30pm. Thinking it was empty, the sheriff said the youth pointed the gun toward Alexis and pulled the trigger. A bullet was discharged from the weapon, striking the girl just below her left eye. She died instantly.

The sheriff said the investigation has determined the shooting “was not intentional.” Nevertheless, the case will be presented to Hancock County Youth Court so it can be determined whether the facts should lead to any charges.

No adults are currently charged with crimes. However, there are underlying questions being asked, such as how the two children got access to the guns. Sheriff Adam said it’s too soon to tell if any future charges will be filed. That is part of the investigation, which is ongoing.

Kolby Sims said he’s been neighbors with Pierson for over three years and was with another neighbor outside during the shooting. He said they heard a loud thud and thought the children dropped something.

“He went upstairs to go tell them to calm down and all the kids just started running outside, Sims said. “It went downhill from there. They were all scared when they ran out.”

Alexis was part Choctaw and her native name was Sky Blue, said Boswell.

In addition to her mother and stepfather, Alexis is survived by an older brother, a younger brother and a baby sister, as well as numerous other loved ones.

Alexis, also known as Lexi, was a sixth grade student at Hancock Middle School. The school district released a statement Wednesday afternoon expressing their profound sadness.

“We extend our sympathy and prayers to the family during this difficult time,” the statement read. “Today, counselors, teachers and other support staff have been, and will continue to be, available to students, staff, and parents. How children react in these situations varies. Children may ask questions about death, be sad or afraid. We encourage parents to listen to their children and if they want to talk, answer his or her questions simply and honestly.”


1️⃣4️⃣  Idiots Behind The Wheel—  It’s a social issue, the guns are not the problems, as the expression goes, it’s the idiot behind the wheel, the finger on the trigger, and gross neglect.  Weapons don’t have brains, children don't know consequence, and neither do some of the parents. They don’t “go off” of their own accord. But and here is the big butt,  ( mis-spelled intentionally to recognize those idiots)  Without access to a weapon, nothing so heinous as taking a life could happen.  Thats why they make safes, locks and other determents to having a finger on a trigger.

That child did not walk into a Firearms Dealer or Store, present his Mickey Mouse Club Membership card and purchase a weapon with marbles.  Someone had a hand, usually a friend or adult  in ending this child’s life or his siblings life due to neglectful actions by the other person. Blame it on ….

Parental Stupidity, an Ignorance of gun safety , placement, under lock and key,  access to children.  Some people have acquired guns with no training, nor a knowledge of laws pertaining to their weapon.

Another problem is Genetics, parents who want children to be just like Dad, only Dads never truly embraced safety.  It’s a right of passage in some societies. Mentions it once goes to the range, and forgets everything.  Most likely he is the same party teaching his children guns are macho, manly and so forth. 

A real culprit is the Media, Television, Computer Games, and Real War thru media exposure.  The news media doesn’t do enough to promote gun safety, the TV has entertainment shows are mostly shooting and violence and lets face it we live in a country with 340 million people and about two guns for everyone. Having an ongoing war for 13 years certainly qualifies as one of the main endorsers of violence.

And number one on my hit list are computer games - Where you reboot and re-life certainly sends a bad message. Dead kids don’t get up for another round.  Thats an 8 year old at the NRA show, racking a slide on a semi-automatic pistol.


1️⃣5️⃣  I Don’t Blame The Guns  — November 2015 A nine year old was arrested by local police in my town in the Tampa Bay area when the bus driver saw a gun in this kids pocket and radioed law enforcement.  It was a two shot Derringer in a 45 plus caliber, a common back up pocket weapon commonly carried in bear country.   The NRA will tell you these are isolated incidents.  

MAY 2016 My local paper tells me this week alone two children in separate accidents under the age of six managed to find loaded guns in their home left unlocked, unguarded and the children  killed themselves.  One was four and one was five.   Parents at fault.

APRIL 2016 - Another unsecured loaded gun found it’s way into the hands of a five year old boy who shot his 4 year old sister to death.  State laws will dictate trial of the parent under neglect and the accessible gun laws.  Regardless it won’t bring back the child.  Parents at fault.


1️⃣6️⃣  The Odyssey Of Jamie Gilt Voted  Dumbest Mom On The Planet — 
Months ago,  the very pretty, stupid, not too bright Jamie Gilt,  31, a mother, self-adoring model, actress, story teller, high-profile pro-gun activist, prosecuted shop-lifter, self made celebrity facebook advocate, and Twitter no-brainer was shot in the back by her four year old boy after spending her motherly time grandstanding probably looking for some publicity or a job from the NRA.  

A real gun advocate, she suffers from PALINITIS,  (a mental disease very noticeable and named after Sarah Palin who will carry her dumbass mentality to the grave drawn by seven white caribou)  bragged about she’s teaching her 4 year old how to shoot.  It appears she never graduated the four year old course on being a good mother.

Jamie posts about firearms on her social media accounts. She was shot in the back by her four-year-old son after he found her pistol lying on the back seat of her truck just 24 hours after she boasted about his shooting skills online.   This is true, he is skilled at four, he center massed the target at almost two feet.

“Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22".  She reportedly believes she has the right to shoot anyone who threatens her family - and plans to teach her offspring the same mentality.   Obviously her 4 year old believed that and shot Mom.    In truth, the moron Mom is a threat to their family.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday filed an affidavit with local prosecutors asking that Gilt be charged with the second-degree misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail, Capt. Gator DeLoach told reporters.  She plea bargained.

And not to say she’s an angel…  In 2013, Jamie Gilt, 30, was arrested by Jacksonville Sheriff's Department on April 4, 2013 after she was detained by security guards at Dillard's department store in the town.   She was arrested by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department and charged with a felony count Grand Theft Retail.  Officers released her on a bond of $2,503 pending a court hearing.  

The suspect was detained by loss protection personnel and the property, totaling $455 was recovered.  Had she been convicted of a felony grand theft and had a felony arrest record she would not have access to guns.


1️⃣7️⃣  APRIL 27, 2016,  MORE TRAGEDY - MILWAUKEE — The family of 26-year-old Patrice Price continues to cope with her death.  The young mother of three was shot and killed by her own two-year-old son, whom officials say got hold of a gun and fired from the backseat of a vehicle his mother was driving on Highway 175.

According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, Price was driving a vehicle -- headed southbound on Highway 175 in Milwaukee.  At Vliet, her two-year-old son fired a gun through the back of the driver's seat -- the bullet striking and killing Price. Officials said the gun apparently slid out from under the driver’s seat.

The 26-year-old Milwaukee woman was driving her boyfriend’s car when a gun slid out from under the driver's seat and her 2-year-old son picked it up and fired it from the back seat. 


1️⃣8️⃣  OKLAHOMA - MAY 2013 -  MS. SAYLOR MARTINE
Of Oklahoma, fifteen, died after she was shot in the head while toying with a firearm.  She was with her sister.  The culprit, according to the police, a semi-auto owned by her parents. It was purchased by Mom for her own protection.  So the story goes, she and her sister had been handling the gun when they placed it down on a counter, where it discharged.  

I call her the girl with angel eyes, how tragic.

No one believes the gun went off by itself, and fifty years in this game and I haven’t seen one go off by itself except in a fire. But I’m sure there is enough grief to go around, and the Sheriff is hesitant is doing anything about it.  He spoke and thought it was a gun defect.  

Obviously there is more to this.  The sister or possibly the mother know the truth, but a child is dead and someone was negligent.  The mother should be charged, and the child will have to live with it.


1️⃣9️⃣  MASSACHUSETTS OCTOBER 2008 -  CHRISTOPHER BIZILJ -
A family man goes to a gun show in his small New England town of Westfield, MA. with his son and a camera. It was co-sponsored by the local traffic ticketing Sheriff who had a financial consideration (sponsor and partner) in the show.  See picture of this A-Hole below.  

With an “Instructor” watching, (determined to be uncertified, not old enough, the son of one of the sponsors, recently recruited, 14 year old)  the 8-year-old boy at the gun fair aimed a full auto Uzi submachine gun at a pumpkin and pulled the trigger as his dad reached for a camera.  The 14 year old “Instructor” had told the father he didn’t think this was safe.

It was his first time shooting a fully automatic gun, and anyone who has ever fired an UZI or Scorpion or Scepter know these things have the muzzle rise of an ATLAS rocket for the untrained.

It was too much for the 8-year old boy, simply the weapon had too much muzzle rise for him and literally shot his head off with Dad in the beginning proudly filming this important event in his child’s life.  No one got charged.  We predict nothing will come of it.
More on this story and the conclusion:  Http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/01/14/Massachusetts.gun.show.verdict/index.html


2️⃣0️⃣  PHOENIX - AUGUST 2014   CHARLES VACCA, 39
The 9-year-old girl who accidentally shot and killed a firing range instructor with an Uzi last week told her mother immediately afterward that the gun was too powerful for her and that it had hurt her shoulder, according to a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office report released Tuesday.

The family huddled around the girl, fearing she was injured, and did not realize that instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was wounded until another employee ran over, according to the report. After realizing what had occurred, the girl's parents immediately removed her and their other two children from the property and brought them to the nearby restaurant so they wouldn't see what happened, the report states.

The New Jersey family had been vacationing in Las Vegas and on Aug. 25 was shuttled to Bullets and Burgers, the firing range at Last Chance property in White Hills, Ariz. The family had taken a ride on a monster truck before heading to the shooting range, according to the report.

The girl's father was the first to fire the weapon, a mini Uzi 9mm, and then the girl took her turn. With the girl's mother recording, Vacca showed the 9-year-old how to stand and shoot the gun, allowing her to fire a few rounds.

At this point Vacca switched the gun into its automatic setting, according to a deputy who would later view the mother's video.  "(The father) said all of a sudden he heard a lot of rounds fire and saw (his daughter) drop the gun to the ground," the report states.


2️⃣1️⃣  MORE FROM THE FILES —  
•   In Kentucky, a five year old, just given a rifle, a sort of rite of passage in some families, left out in the open in a corner of the room, loaded and he proceeded to shoot his sister who was four.

•   3 year old Had Speights, accidentally shot and killed himself last month with his uncle’s handgun, which he found in a backpack.


•   Jarvis Jackson (1) was accidentally shot and killed by a boy (4) last month after their baby sitter brought a handgun to the house for personal protection and then fell asleep after leaving the gun loaded and unsecured on the kitchen table.


•   4-year-old Cody Ryan Hall, who accidentally shot and killed himself in April with a family owned handgun he found in an unlocked gun case.

TOMS RIVER NJ - A six-year-old Toms River New Jersey boy accidentally shot by Brandon Holt, 4-year-old neighbor on Monday night, has died.  Police said Holt was shot in the head by his friend after the younger boy went into his home on McCormick Avenue and somehow got his hands on a .22-caliber rifle. The boy found the rifle under a bed.  Police said the 4-year-old then went outside and accidentally shot the 6-year-old, who was sitting in a quad nearby.

The boy’s father, Anthony Senatore, was arrested and charged.
 Five counts of second-degree child endangerment one count of third-degree child endangerment.   Each second-degree count could potentially bring 5 to 10 years in prison, which means that if Senatore is convicted, he could theoretically face up to 50 years in prison

VERDICT TOMS RIVER – A Toms River man, who accepted responsibility for the fatal shooting of his 6-year-old neighbor by his 4-year-old son, was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for leaving the loaded rifle that killed the boy unsecured and accessible to the children in his home.

Before Anthony Senatore, 35, of McCormick Drive, was sentenced for his role in the 2013 shooting death of Brandon Holt, he told Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels that his lapse in judgment will haunt two families forever.

He accidentally shot and killed his 13-year-old step-sister on her birthday while he was cleaning his AK-47.  Emilee Bates was shot once in the stomach by 19-year-old Austin McCord in their home near Joshua, Texas on Tuesday evening as he attempted to remove rounds from his weapon, authorities said.

He immediately hit a home alarm system to notify law enforcement and six minutes later - 
at 8.11pm - sheriff’s deputies arrived to find McCord holding his sister's wound.  She was airlifted to hospital in Fort Worth, but died at about 10pm on Tuesday.

Investigators said McCord had two dummy rounds above his loaded magazine. He ejected these rounds and thought he was making the weapon safe by pulling the trigger to drop the bolt on an empty chamber - but forgot he had a loaded magazine in the gun and it discharged.

2️⃣3️⃣  TEXAS—  I guess the Dallas man who rushed his bloody grandson to the hospital pays more attention in the future to good gun control.  It does not refer to how to hold a weapon. It refers to how to properly store a weapon so a four year old can’t shoot himself.   He is  fortunate as his 4-year-old grandson, who was visiting his home Wednesday, found a loaded handgun beneath a pillow. The little boy shot himself in the shoulder and survived BUT... history repeats itself...

2️⃣4️⃣   TEXAS  —  Another  4-year-old boy who shot himself at his grandparents’ northwest Harris County home has died, family members confirmed Thursday. The family of Bryson Hernandez released a statement through Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Authorities arrived at the Cypress home in the 15400 block of Redbud Berry Way shortly after midnight on Tuesday. Bryson was breathing and unresponsive. He was rushed to the Texas Medical Center where he remained until his death.   Bryson was visiting his grandparents at their home. Harris County sheriff's officials said they were "cooperating with investigators fully." The findings will be forwarded to a Harris County grand jury.  Children’s Protective Services also will investigate, 

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6/06/2022