Kentucky girl 2-year-old shot and killed by 5-year-old brother

Two Year Old Girl Shot and Killed by Five Year Old Brother


Two Year Old Girl Shot and Killed by Five Year Old Brother

Here is another story proving that most people are too irresponsible to have firearms.  But Rand Paul will probably be proud of the accident, it happened in his state of Kentucky.

In the past few months we have read about incidents when children have discharged a carelessly placed and loaded gun and caused the death of another child or an adult.

A five year old boy was given a .22 caliber rifle as a gift in Cumberland County, Kentucky.  It was kept in a corner inside the house.  They mother left the boy and his two year old sister alone for a minute or two.  When she returned, her daughter was dead, shot to death by her son with his gift.

“It’s a Crickett,” Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told the paper. “It’s a little rifle for a kid.”

If that statement doesn’t sound ignorant enough, he continued his denial.

“The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun,” White said.

Well, that’s different.  Were the parents negligent for not ensuring that the gun was unloaded?  They just might have been.

The shooting occurred while the boy was playing with the rifle, police said. It was “just one of those crazy accidents,” White told the Herald-Leader.

Just a crazy accident in a state that worships guns more than its people, and just another accident caused by carelessness.

If individuals believe that everyone and anyone should be allowed to own firearms, shouldn’t they take some responsibility for the safety of others?  Of the 32,000 people killed by guns each year in the United States, the majority are women and children.

Criminals don’t kill innocent people, innocent people kill innocent people.

Of course, this horrible accident has nothing to do with the efforts to enact sensible gun legislation.  But it does concern the fact that too many gun owners are just too stupid to be allowed to own any item that can easily kill another human being.

In this sad case, it is obvious that the parents thought of the weapon as a toy.  And that is the problem with too many gun nuts.  They think of them as adult toys.  They don’t actually possess them in case of a “home invasion”, they just think they’re “neat”.

I’m certain that the boy will get to keep his gun.  And this family will probably purchase more, before caring for other necessities.

What they can’t replace is their daughter.  They’ll never be able to see her leave for her first day of school, see her go to her first dance, or attend her wedding.  But at least they’ll have guns to cuddle up to.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

61 Responses to "Kentucky girl 2-year-old shot and killed by 5-year-old brother"

  1. carol ives   May 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    i want to know what the parents told their son when all of a sudden his little sister wasnt around anymore totally disgusting

  2. Jim   May 1, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    While the claim is a bit too broad that, “most people can’t responsibly own guns,” it certainly is true that far too many people are either ignorant, naive, or not responsible enough gun owners to prevent these unfortunate incidents. Gun manufacturer’s have (seemingly) steadfastly refused to look into safer designs, or child proof safeguards. It is appalling that so few will stand up to the bullies with guns, for that is what the NRA and the gun industry are.

  3. Me Him   May 1, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Should not be allowed? Come on!

  4. jimmy t   May 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Natural selection

  5. realityCheck   May 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    But Rand Paul will probably be proud of the accident!? Seriously, how does this has anything to do with that story… pretty pathetic James Turnage, nobody’s ever told you to leave your biased opinions out of the articles you are writing? we don’t care about it, stick to the facts.

  6. k2p123   May 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Who buys their 5 year old son a gun with total access and leaves it alone with him? Great Comparison!

  7. CriminalsDontKillPeopleLOL   May 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Trash media reporting at it’s finest. “Criminal’s don’t kill innocent people…”? So by this articles definition, criminals only kill people who deserve it… therefore they aren’t really criminals but are actually vigilantes… am I right?

    Have you been under a rock for all of your life? Criminals kill innocent people EVERY DAY. Wake up.

  8. Tod   May 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Wow — you can almost see the bias and stereotype oozing from this article. It’s a shame. I’ve read numerous articles where crimes have been prevented by lawfully caring gun owners. Even incidents at schools that were thwarted. But do you see those on the front headlines? No! All you see is this pathetic reach by a sorry author to promote his views. Was there carelessness in this situation by the parents. Yes! The gun should’ve been unloaded and in a place where only the adults could’ve reached it. Stupid mistake? Yes. But to stereotype all gun owners as too stupid to own a gun is craziness. It’s like me stereotyping journalists based on this article by saying anyone who could write an article this biased and ignorant is too stupid to write an article therefore all journalists are stupid based on this article. Parents and the general public make stupid decisions every day. You can’t outlaw or ban “acts” of poor judgement. But in the case of guns those against gun ownership will use anything to further their agenda. I hope your careful driving home and don’t make any stupid mistakes with the thousands of pounds of steel your controlling down the highway. If you make a stupid mistake or decision you must be too ignorant or dumb to own a car.

  9. Neil Swenk   May 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    As sad as this situation is, and as disheartened as I am that this happened in my home state, this columnist needs a good swift kick in the arse. His “column” is filled with insensitive and moronic statements. I highly doubt Mr. James Turnage, that these people are simply brushing the death of there daughter off and simply cuddling there guns. As for the comment about Senator Paul being proud of this incident? You, sir, are just sick and obviously need an attitude adjustment.

  10. peb.   May 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    you all know that only the criminal and elected dem. should own guns.

  11. DZ   May 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Makes as much sense as not allowing anyone to own a car because some people are bad drivers.

    • laraine   May 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      So–you’re gonna run out and buy your 5 year old a car and give him the keys and total access? Ridiculous comparison.

  12. laraine   May 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    All of you who are attacking Mr. Turnage are part of the problem. Apparently, you think it’s not only okay to give a 4 year old a rifle (he got it for his 4th birthday,) but it’s super to leave it loaded in a corner. After all, it’s the child’s gun, he knows how to use it, and he needs it handy for some obscure reason. Shame on all of you who worship guns. I’m not necessarily anti-gun, but I am anti-ignorance. And you don’t get much more ignorant than someone who gives a 4 year old a gun.

    • Peter Panda   May 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      What is ignorant is this article. And anyone that seems to think it has value as a legitimate news article.

  13. Otto   May 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Blatantly apparent political agenda that undermines any credibility in “reporting” the news. I am immediately killing this feed from my Google News to keep any other chunks of crud from this alleged news source from floating to the surface.

    • laraine   May 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      That’s what happens when you wander away from fox news.

  14. alana   May 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    that’s what guns are for .
    to kill each other ..

  15. Al   May 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    More children are killed by abuse and neglect that any kind accidental shooting. Does that make this right? No. Parents should be more responsible, period. Make that “all people should be more responsible, period.” But please don’t talk to me about the tragedy of a child killing another child in an accident until you first solve the problem of millions of babies being killed each year by irresponsible people seeking abortions.

    • Corri Anderson   May 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      That is a false equivalency Al.

    • laraine   May 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      This is an article about a 2 year old who was killed by her 5 year old brother who had access to a loaded gun. Try to stay on point.

  16. chuck   May 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Kinda sad, the words are kinda uncaring and harsh but wouldn’t it be great if responsible parenting were a part of gun ownership? Why would they even make a rifle for a 5 year old? They don’t make cars for 5 year old! They don’t let 5 year olds drink! Why does a 5 year old need to hunt? If the argument is to teach him responsible gun ownership early, well that clearly didn’t happen. As for the responses, I find it interesting that most of the posts are trying to attack the author and not sympathize with the little 2 year old girl that got shot!!! Why isn’t anyone grieving for the 2 year old girl. The answer is simple. Most of the posters are just as political. Here is a case of clear irresponsibility in gun ownership which the author aggressively points out and rather than at least acknowledge that, you are crying for the parents that caused it and forgetting the little victim. I think that is the most tragic political display of all.

  17. Gerry   May 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    This article just showed me the ignorance & irresponsibility of some parents and the ignorance and stupidity of reporters

    • Dawn   May 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm


  18. potatosaurusrex   May 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Are you stupid? Are you literally stupid? Following up a line like “Of the 32,000 people killed by guns each year in the United States, the majority are women and children.” with “Criminals don’t kill innocent people, innocent people kill innocent people.” This seems more like a nine-year-old’s essay that their overly political parents helped shape. I mean seriously, this was written with the intent of making gun owners look stupid, yet you made yourself look dumber than the intended target. While yes, the kid shouldn’t have been left alone in a room with a gun that was loaded and had enough power to kill a human, the parent’s mistake does not categorize the entire group of gun owners. You and your skewed arguments are almost dumb enough to be entertaining. Also, why do you create the image that the parents love their guns more than their own daughter? Are you really that narrow minded? The parents are obviously devastated, and you creating false claims about them and their ideals is not helping. You insensitive, inhumane reporter. I can understand if you disagree with me, that’s fine. But this is just ridiculous. I am saddened by your use of this tragedy as a false pedestal upon which you place your belief. This made me shed two tears; one for the little girl and her family, and the other for the bald eagle that died because of your unpatriotic and moronic yellow journalism. In two words: Absolutely Disgusting.

  19. Matt   May 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    This article is so unprofessionally written. I was stunned by the blatantly biased writing. This is not an objective article; it is an opinion piece. Throwing out unsupported statements such as, “Here is another story proving that most people are too irresponsible to have firearms” and “Criminals don’t kill innocent people, innocent people kill innocent people,” not only undermines the credibility of the article but also demonstrates that the author and the newspaper are willing to use a tragic, horrible accident to push their own political agenda. Shame on them!

    You might think I’m a right wing fascist due to my comments above, but I am not. I just cannot stomach people pushing their politics at the expense of professionalism, integrity and honesty. The newspaper and author should be ashamed of the article and the exploitation of a child’s death.

  20. Peter Panda   May 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Here is a link to a story of 13 innocent people killed by law enforcement who are trained in the use of firearms.

  21. daalbro   May 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    So, by this logic we should take away cars from everyone because parents give cars to their children, some of whom are irresponsible and kill themselves and/or others in auto accidents.

    • Dawn   May 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      This writer obviously doesn’t understand logic…

    • John Springer   May 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      No, maybe we should license people before they get control of a deadly machine like a car.

  22. Francis Peterson (@KarnUtz)   May 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Shameful article. Is your agenda so absolutely correct, that this vitriol had to be posted right away, while the baby’s body lies in the morgue?. How much of this was pre-written, just waiting for a tragedy to pounce on?

    • laraine   May 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Unfortunately, even if it were pre-written, which I doubt, it wouldn’t be too long before something like this came up. It’s all too common.

  23. Nick   May 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    “Criminals don’t kill innocent people, innocent people kill innocent people.”

    Seriously? So what you’re trying to say that no innocent person has been killed by a criminal? Not only that but by definition of crime, someone who commits an act of killing an innocent person is no longer innocent .

  24. Jim   May 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Well the NRA will likely say she should have had a gun to defend herself……

    • Will   May 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      And let me guess, you think background checks for grade school kids and a magazine ban would have prevented this?

  25. Melanie   May 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I think the author of this article is stupid!!!! Kentuckians don’t worship guns and hold them higher than human life any more than the writer of this article!!!! You need to stop calling names and accusing people of things. You should just write the facts and not give your opinion of situations. I do think the parents were negligent and should never have given the boy a gun for any reason. Just because they had bad judgement doesn’t mean everyone in the state of Kentucky has that mentality! Stop throwing stones!

  26. kafantaris2   May 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Gun owners and their family members are often the first victims of guns.
    When will they realize this is too dear a price to pay for having these weapons around.

    • vageorge   May 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Ignorant defenseless people are usually the first victims. Bad guys will always have guns. Look at Mexico for an example. The UK has had a gun ban for years and their crime rate and murder rate has skyrocketed Put a sign in your yard stating you do not have any means of defense and see what happens.

  27. Kyle   May 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Here it is people… Indisputable proof the most people are too irresponsible! Really!?! Get a clue! I agree, it is a tragedy. And, the family will be heartbroken for the rest of their lives but using this as a political tool… Dispicable!

  28. Mark   May 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks for this article. I appreciate your perspective and think you are correct. I have shared this on my Facebook page and hope many more people read this article. My heart breaks for the little girl….

  29. Wade   May 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you Mike for being a voice of reason. This guy is just as irresponsible with his writing. But we will support the 1st amendment also.

  30. RAY WEATHERFORD   May 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm


  31. Peter Panda   May 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    This has to be the most ignorant line in the whole story. ” Criminals don’t kill innocent people, innocent people kill innocent people.”

  32. Chris   May 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    This is a horrible story, the way it was written was absolutely disgusting. Claiming that Rand Paul would be happy for this? Is that where we as a society have gone? You would be amazed at how many people got .22s when they were kids. Please for the love of pete, get the facts straight. The number of accidental deaths to children by firearm is dwarfed 10 fold by cars, drowning, fire, poisoning, and suffocation. You guys make so many erroneous statements, take it down and save some dignity.

  33. Will   May 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    3500 people a year drown in the US, therefore no one can responsibly swim

  34. Originality   May 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Should we ban all guns now? Or have IQ tests for aspiring gun owners?

    “But it does concern the fact that too many gun owners are just too stupid to be allowed to own any item that can easily kill another human being.”

    You know what else can easily kill people? A car, knife, hammer, club, etc.
    Read this article:

    This is a very poorly written article smothered with bias.

  35. vageorge   May 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    This author is an absolute ignorant bias irresponsible “person”. It is true that the parents were stupid to let the boy have a firearm. Teaching one to shoot is different from giving a 5 year old a firearm. I was taught to shoot at a young age however my dad kept the rifle and the only time I could handle it was when he handed it to me, closely supervising every movement.
    This incident does not in any indicate the mentality of people that own firearms. It is ignorance to make such a reference. People are people and some have left kids locked in cars on hot days and many other stupid acts. So don’t blame firearms for everything. The author is an example of the stupid bias of the media, publishing anything to prove their way of thinking!

  36. Brad Jennings   May 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    That is a pretty crappy thing to say about anyone regardless of their political beliefs. That’s like saying since Claire McCaskill supports ObamaCare, then she would be proud if a Missourian was diagnosed with cancer.

  37. Paul Willows   May 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Wow, could you have projected your own insecurities about owning a gun in a worse fashion? I doubt it: How about not turning a tragedy into your own public soapbox speech? If “…most people are too irresponsible to have firearms,” why aren’t _most_ Americans dead already? Your hyperbole is excessive, and ill thought out. I deem that you are too irresponsible to own a firearm or to write for a newspaper.

    • vageorge   May 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      I AGREE

  38. Bertilo Wennergren   May 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    The real problem here is obviously that the 2-year old sister didn’t have a gun of her own as well. Had she had one, this tragic accident of course wouldn’t have happened…

    • Brad Jennings   May 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Wow. Your comments are as about as funny as the writer of the article. And by funny, I mean stupid.

  39. Doug   May 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Another example that Guns DO KILL people and very sad when all too often it’s the innocents.

    • vageorge   May 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Hey Doug. You are right guns in the hands of idiots do kill. Also guns used by law enforcement and good guys stop crime. How ever the FBI has published a statement that more people are killed annually by blunt instruments than guns.
      Are you one of those that believe we should ban cars as more4 kids and adults are killed in them than with firearms. How about 4 wheelers and motorcycles? Maybe every one should walk and carry a stick. Oh no sicks are blunt instruments and can kill also. Maybe everyone should walk and go barefoot. Would that suit your mentality?

  40. jake1212   May 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I want to say something here about the damned guns and why this is yet one more reason to reconsider our approach to guns in America… but this is just too awful to let that be the only thing said.

    That poor family, that poor 5-year-old boy, those poor parents… and the appalling, desperate heartbreak they must be feeling right now. I know, they should have done everything they could to make sure this didn’t happen. That’s obvious.

    But the pure human tragedy of something like this… with two young children of our own, of similar ages, I feel for this family. So, so… awful. Words aren’t enough.

    • vageorge   May 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Send your ignorance to obama he will publish it

      • jake1212   May 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        Sorry… what? I’m ignorant to say this is a tragedy that doesn’t deserve to be politicized, is that your point?

  41. Mike   May 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Most people can’t responsibly own guns? Where do you get off claiming something like that? Oh yeah, I forgot that a central requirement of pushing ineffective gun control measures is the ability to completely ignore the statistical evidence that demolishes your idealistic world view. Maybe eventually liberals will learn not to try to exploit every single tragedy to make a political point, but until then I guess everyone else has to deal with it. After all, what else do they have to back up their uniquely suicidal perspective? There are stupid gun owners just like there are stupid non-gun owners. The difference is that when stupid gun owners encounter a home invader they won’t have to watch their family get raped and murdered while they sit idly by, wondering why they ever supported the disarmament of themselves.

    • Jeff   May 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      No, stupid gun owners will have to watch their own family become murderers by accidentally shooting each other. That’s the difference.

    • Jon P.   May 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm


      While I get your stance on this, statistically speaking, those stupid gun owners stand a higher risk of being killed with their own guns. I am a gun owner and a marksman. The one thing I can tell is that, after visiting ranges all across the country, the number of ignorant, untrained, and just stupid people purchasing guns is staggering. There needs to be a higher standard set for gun ownership. It should require some time investing in the proper handling, care and storage of firearms as well as gun safety. Visit a range and tell me how many times you see a range officer call someone out for mishandling their firearm while the lanes are safe, or even when they are hot. While I believe in the 2nd amendment, I still think that gun ownership should be earned by proving you are responsible enough to own one.

      • Mark   May 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        Thanks Jon – very well stated and valid comments

      • anonymous   May 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm

        Completely agree with Jon. Mike’s last sentence is too dramatic. Mike, get a life. Your little Republican tail is showing. You don’t have to insult others to make a point. Sad sad.


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