5-Year-Old Shoots and Kills 2-Year-Old Sister But Parents Can’t Be Charged

May 7, 2013  |  
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Last week, a 5-year-old Kentucky boy accidentally shot and killed his little sister with a gun. The gun is made by Crickett and called My First Rifle; Kristian Sparks’ parents just propped the gun in a corner instead of locking it away. The facts in the case make it seem as though the boy’s parents should be held responsible but due to a loophole, they won’t, reports Slate.

With no federal child access prevention laws, states are left to their own devices when it comes to making decisions about how adult family members are charged or not charged if children are able to get hold of guns. Twenty-seven states plus Washington D.C. have these laws but even those laws are inconsistent. For instance, Massachusetts law penalizes parents if guns are stored incorrectly whether not a child gets his hands on a gun, whereas other states only punish parents if a child actually touches it. Kentucky, however, “does not hold adults liable when a child gets hold of a firearm and causes an injury or death.”

And the people in Kristian’s hometown don’t think his parents are responsible, either. They call the incident a sad accident and don’t think companies like Crickett should stop selling guns to children. According to a New York Times article, Burkesville residents went so far as to attach a news crew from Germany who wanted to cover the story. They feel the rest of the world should “mind their own business” as they grieve what’s considered an isolated incident instead of a problem that needs to be addressed with a change in legislation.

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