I’m no pull on the heart strings lefty, but if there was ever a better argument for gun control in the United States this story would be it…how do you hold a 9 year old responsible??
“A nine-year-old Chicago girl accidentally shot and killed her 13-year-old brother while playing with a semiautomatic handgun found in her parents’ bedroom.
The parents could now face charges over not having a trigger lock on the weapon, police said.
The children’s mother had left the house for about half an hour to visit a sick relative on Friday and the father was at work when the children found the loaded, unlocked .380-calibre pistol on a bookshelf built into a headboard, authorities said.
A short time later, while playing with her brother, the girl apparently pulled the trigger accidentally, striking him once in the chest. He died a short time later at a hospital.
“She didn’t mean to hurt her brother. They were just playing,” police Sergeant Dan Dempsey said.
Although possessing a handgun in the Chicago area was allowed, police said no one in the house had the proper firearm owner’s identification card.”