18-Month-Old Accidentally Shot To Death By 3-Year-Old Sibling Thanks To Unsecured Gun

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A mother in Arizona is in mourning today for the most heartbreaking reason: her 18-month-old was shot to death by her 3-year-old. Perhaps, the saddest part about this most recent death is that it’s no longer shocking to hear about such a thing. We are just left wondering when are “responsible gun owners” going to start being charged and held accountable for these senseless deaths?

Here’s what happens when a toddler gets a gun.

Police in Payson, Arizona responded to a call about a child with a head injury at an apartment building on Tuesday. When they arrived on scene they discovered an 18-month-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head.

The 18-month-old and his 3-year-old brother were at a 78-year-old neighbor’s home with their mom, visiting when the shooting occurred. While their mother talked to the neighbor, the boys wondered into another room. That’s when tragedy struck.

Police say the mother noticed the boys were in the other room so she went in to get them. Just as she walked into the room the three-year-old fired the gun, striking and killing his little brother. Police Chief Don Engler said multiple weapons, in addition to the semiautomatic that killed the boy, were unsecured.

When is enough going to be enough?

There’s no doubt that this was a tragic accident. Police say they have not ruled out whether or not to charge the mother or neighbor. And that’s good because it’s about time people start to pay for the dead kids that are laying in cemeteries across this country.

In the year that I’ve written for Addictinginfo, I’ve done multiple stories about children being accidentally shot. In February a colleague wrote a very similar story about a 3-year-old shooting his 17-month sister. Luckily she lived but he shared some very scary facts:

Every hour a child is hospitalized because of a gun.
Every other day, a child is killed by gunshots.

Every. Other. Day. That is unbelievable! And it’s our fault.

Kids are dying because we are not fighting hard enough for change. Kids are dying because responsible gun owners aren’t that responsible. They leave their guns out, when children are in their homes and kids are dying because of it.

When are we going to start charging gun owners with negligent homicide or at the very least, reckless endangerment?

In Arizona a person can be charged with reckless endangerment if they,”endanger another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or personal injury.”

Leaving multiple weapons unsecured with children present fits that definition perfectly. Hopefully the police take action and others around the country follow suit.

Enough is enough.