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    Arizona police: 4-year-old boy fatally shoots his father

    By Todd Sperry, CNN

    (CNN) -- A man was fatally wounded when his 4-year-old son fired a gun he found while they were visiting a residence in Prescott Valley, Arizona, officials said.
    Justin Stanfield Thomas, 35, and his son made an unannounced trip Friday to the home of an unidentified former roommate, police said. Thomas had previously lived in the residence, according to investigators.

    "This appears to be an accident. There was no conflict in the stories of those in the house," said Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney. "The resident didn't know his former roommate was stopping by to visit."

    Moments after arriving at the home, the boy picked up the small-caliber handgun and asked his father and other adults in the room what it was he was holding, said Bonney.

    Seconds later he pulled the trigger.

    Officers and emergency crews arrived and found Thomas, of Phoenix, with a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    Acknowledging it appears to have been a tragic accident, Bonney cautioned gun owners

    "We want to remind people without making a villain of this person, that if a child is visiting your home, the first thing to do would be put the firearm away."
    No charges were anticipated because the incident was an accident, Bonney told CNN.




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    "We want to remind people without making a villain of this person, that if a child is visiting your home, the first thing to do would be put the firearm away."
    No charges were anticipated because the incident was an accident, Bonney told CNN.
    Also, call before coming over. And maybe be aware of the environment you bring your kid into.

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    And yet some Americans are screaming they want access to guns? [I know this particular was a dreadful and unnecessary accident.]
    Whole lot of 'what the fukery' here.

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    Every week there is another story of a kid with access to a gun shooting someone.
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    This guy was allegedly a former Green Beret too.
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    So, in the logic of NRA's LaPierre, is the 4-year old a good guy with a gun, or a bad guy with a gun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeyotch View Post
    Also, call before coming over. And maybe be aware of the environment you bring your kid into.
    And, if you own a gun, treat it like it's potentially lethal and don't leave it on the floor or shoved between the sofa cushions or wherever the kid managed to get it.
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    I feel really bad for the child, this is not a burden anyone should have to bear, especially not a child. I hope he gets the counseling he will need and not blame himself.
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    Nah. He'll have to be put down now because he's developed a taste for blood.
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    Own a gun, fine, it's your constitutional right, protect your property, its not the gun its the owner, blah bullshit blah but at least don't keep the fucking thing LOADED.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    And, if you own a gun, treat it like it's potentially lethal and don't leave it on the floor or shoved between the sofa cushions or wherever the kid managed to get it.
    True, but I also chafe at the notion of the onus being on someone who doesn't have kids to have to anticipate having to child-proof their lifestyle/living area on short-to-zero notice. Sure the gun owner should have had some common sense thought to not have a gun laying around, but in unexpected circumstances, even important things are forgotten. The world simply doesn't revolve around kids. Your kids are your precious cargo, if anyone should be paranoid it's the parent, much more so than the guy who had an unexpected house visit from someone with a toddler. If he'd had some notice it would be different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeyotch View Post
    . Sure the gun owner should have had some common sense thought to not have a gun laying around, but in unexpected circumstances, even important things are forgotten.
    Who's that at the door? *stuffs gun in magazine rack and goes to answer the bell*
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    Nah. He'll have to be put down now because he's developed a taste for blood.
    He's four. He has no clue what he just did.
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    I think you missed the sarcasm in that statement.
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