A 6-year-old boy is recovering after being shot Tuesday night. Milwaukee police said a 3-year-old girl found a gun inside a home near Teutonia Avenue and Chambers Street and pulled the trigger. Investigators said the bullet hit the 6-year-old in the stomach.
32-year-old man who lives in the house told police he stores a loaded gun behind the stove and that the girl got a hold of it somehow and walked into a room where two 6-year-old boys were playing.
The gun accidentally fired, striking one of the 6-year-olds in the abdomen and bicep, police said. According to police, the adults in the house fled with the exception of the 32-year-old man, who was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and leaving a loaded firearm within the reach of a child. Police recovered the weapon — a .32 caliber semiautomatic. The mother of the 6-year-old who was shot, baby sits for the 3-year-old. She claimed she was out for a walk at the time of the shooting, police said. The boy was taken to Children’s Hospital and was in stable condition Wednesday morning. Possible criminal charges could be filed but police have not been specific. Police said they know the boy and girl are not related.
How sickening and despicable is this? Why were these kids unattended at 10 at night? How did they have access to a gun, an illegal gun?
Here is yet another classic example of the effects of Gun laws (Rather lack thereof) in this country. I recently blogged about it just a month ago with yet another ridiculous news story like this. Read it here.
In 2006, there were 29,569 gun-related deaths in the United States, including almost 12,000 homicides, more than 16,750 suicides and approximately 650 unintentional deaths. This adds up to about 80 gun-related deaths in the United States every day. There were also approximately 70,000 non-fatal gun shot injuries in 2005 serious enough to require at least an emergency room visit. In addition, there were 477,040 victims of gun-related crimes in the United States in 2005.
How bigger of a wake up call do they need to make a change? When 3000 deaths in WTC fumed up such a huge war against the whole middle east, I wonder why ten times more(30,000) deaths every year doesn’t infuriate them or get them to take action. It’s ten 9/11’s every year.
Lets hope they wake up sometime.