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Wichita Teen Kills Friend Unintentionally - Just Fooling Around

Posted on the 29 June 2011 by Mikeb302000
The Kansas City Star reports on this story which made the news last week. I wanted to mention it again in order to ask one simple question. How exactly did the 16-year-old's grandfather store the gun? Wouldn't he, the grandfather, be responsible for the security of his gun, or the lack thereof?
Now that I'm thinking of it another question comes to mind.  Do you think the teenager who committed this act of stupidity, which actually led to the death of his friend, had never been instructed in gun safety?  Or do you think no matter what education kids receive about firearms, some kids do stupid things? For those youngsters, easy access to guns is a critical factor.  What do you think?
A 16-year-old boy was showing off a .357 handgun to a 17-year-old girl when he walked around a corner in his house, and saw the girl's 16-year-old brother, a friend of his, Lt. Ken Landwehr said.
Thinking the gun was unloaded, he pulled the trigger — and shot his friend in the chest.
An investigation revealed the gun had been stolen from the first 16-year-old's grandfather's house, Landwehr said.

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