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Accidental Shooting of Ohio 3-Year-old by Himself - No Charges

Posted on the 30 May 2012 by Mikeb302000
The Port Clinton News Herald reports
A three-year-old boy died Tuesday morning at Akron Children’s Hospital following an accidental shooting at his home Monday evening.
According to Knox County Sheriff David Barber, a 911 call was received at the sheriff’s office at 6:04 p.m. Monday reporting that a three-year-old boy had shot himself in the head with a handgun.
Barber called his death an unfortunate accident.
Capt. David Shaffer stated in a news release that a 45-caliber handgun was involved in the shooting. It was recovered at the residence. Shaffer said the investigation is continuing as detectives have yet to interview the child’s parents.
What's your opinion? Do you think it's accurate to call something like this "an unfortunate accident?" Doesn't that imply that bad luck had something to do with it? Doesn't that downplay the negligence of the gun owner who left the gun within reach of the kid?
What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

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