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Accidental Shooting of Wichita Teen by Himself - No Charges

Posted on the 24 April 2012 by Mikeb302000

Local Wichita news reports

A teenager is recovering from injuries after accidentally shooting himself in the knee.
A 16-year-old boy was showing off a .38 revolver to an 18-year-old friend. The gun fired as the boy was hiding the weapon under a mattress. A bullet hit the teenager in the knee. 
The boy was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released. 
Nolte said it is unclear whether the boys' guardians knew he had a gun.
You know what else is unclear, whether this boy had been taught gun safety? I would imagine he had been. Don't you think most kids growing up in homes with guns are taught the basics?
The problem is teaching kids gun safety does not work.  What works is parental supervision or locking up the guns so the kids don't have access. That's why gun owners should be held responsible for what happens with their guns if they don't secure them properly.
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