Sunday, March 01, 2015

4-year-old fatally shoots self with gun at babysitter's house

From the Houston Chronicle:

A 4-year-old fatally shot himself Sunday morning with a gun he found at his babysitter's house in north Harris County, officials said.

Relatives said the boy's mother, Ashley Beal, had left him overnight with a babysitter so she could celebrate her birthday. Authorities aren't sure how Codrick Beal found the gun in the home in the  1900 block of Imperial Stone Drive.

"It's just a terrible accident," Leticia Beal, a cousin of Ashley Beal, said in tears. "We see it all the time on the news but you never think it'll hit home. It's the most horrible thing."

More here.

Guns don't kill people. People kill people. In this case, it was a four year old who was obviously bound and determined to kill himself. So if there had been no gun in his babysitter's house, this depraved and suicidal killer four year old would have easily found some other way to kill himself. Maybe a knife or baseball bat or sharpened pacifier or something.

One thing's for sure, though. You cannot stop criminals like this four year old from getting guns if they really want them. Nor can you stop them from killing even when they can't get guns. They'll just find another weapon. Because guns don't kill people. People kill people.

The moral lesson here is obvious. Make guns freely available to everyone and we'll have a polite society and we'll always have guns to stop the bad guy. And we'll all live happily ever after.