Pink Gun Mistaken For Toy, 3 Year Old S.C. Boy Killed (VIDEO)

Author: February 5, 2013 2:42 pm

A tragic accident involving a “cute” pink handgun occurred in Greenville, South Carolina on Friday. WSPA reported that police were summoned to a Greenville apartment complex at 7:30 p.m. 

When police arrived at the Haywood Plantation Apartments, Tmorej Smith, 3, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Tmorej and his seven year old sister, thinking the gun was a toy, were playing with the gun in a bedroom when the incident occurred. Their parents were not at home and the children were being watched by their grandparents, who were in the living room of the apartment.

Source: WSPA

The video below demonstrates a customer learning to use a gun similar to the weapon that killed morej. Melissa, the customer, squealed in delight when the gun was handed to her and said “all I need is some accessorized shoes to wear with it.”


Here’s the video:

“If you have guns, if you own guns mostly we would prefer you have them in a lock box,” Greenville Police Media Relations Officer Jonathan Bragg told WYFF. “At least have them out of the reach of children.” (Source)

Local activist Jack Logan, founder of  “Put Down the Guns Young People,” distributed 55 gun locks on Saturday at a Greenville Burger King near the apartments where the tragedy occurred. The Greenville Police Department also has gun locks available to the community. 

“I didn’t want to see parents having guns laying around when a child could maybe get his or her hands on a gun,” Logan said. (Source)

An autopsy was performed Tmorej Smith Saturday and Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler ruled the shooting an accidental homicide. No charges have been filed and an investigation continues. It has not been reported which child fired the weapon.

There has been a concerted effort in the gun industry to increase interest and awareness among women. An array of “cute” weapons are available, including Hello Kitty AK-47  assault rifles, a Lady Di” Handgun, and even a delightful  Mardis Gras themed “My Little Carbine” For the especially careless girl, there is a Care Bear body armor vest.

Want something truly special? There is even a Diamond Anniversary gun. Way to go, gun industry. Death by bling.

 


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  • Research is always a god thing for a journalist to do.
    If one, for example, researched the About page on glamguns.com (the site you linked to repeatedly), you would find that it is a parody site full of Photoshoppery. NONE of the weapons on the site exist or are for sale.
    I get the point, but come on…journalism. You’remaking us liberals look just as bad as the rightys who cite the Onion as a source.

    “Founded by a female US Army veteran known only as “Glambo,” GlamGuns.com was put together to mock stereotypes of women and girls and what they really like. Photoshopping of weapons and other “products” was done by Twitch who shares the madness.”

  • Sorry, Ms. Willis, but GlamGuns is a Poe. I wondered when the site proposed to sell illegal military stuff such as claymore mines. This is the fine print in low contrasting color at the bottom of their page:

    NOTE: This site is a parody for humor purposes only. No actual weapons may be bought on this site. “Hello Kitty” is a trademark of Sanrio, Inc. You’re taking the wrong drugs if you think that Sanrio would ever license the use of Hello Kitty for a firearm or weapon of any sort. “Disney Princess” is a trademark of the Walt Disney Company. “CareBear” and “Rainbow Brite” are trademarks of American Greetings Corporation and/or Hallmark. There is no such thing as “Sucking-Chest-Wound Bear.” “My Little Pony” and “Easy-Bake Oven” are trademarks of Hasbro. “Martha Stewart Colors” is a trademark of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. GlamGuns.com has no connection with and is not affiliated with Sanrio, Inc, Hasbro, Walt Disney Company, Hallmark, American Greetings Corporation, Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon UK, Nick Jr., Martha Stewart, Omnimedia, Inc, Paris Hilton, Mother Theresa, Lady Diana, or, in fact, much of anyone really, especially Dick Cheney who, at no time, was CEO of our corporation or even on the Board of Directors. No, really. Would we lie to you?

    Now I wonder where the woman got her real pink gun? Like you, I am too pressed for time at the moment to surf further.

    When a site uses low contrast printing, use Ctrl+A to see it better. Ctrl + + may zoom it in if your browser is Firefox or has that feature.

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