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Kentucky Boy Killed Sister with Gun Marketed to Children

Updated on May 6, 2013

Parents Should Teach Kids about Dangers of Guns

The accidental shooting death of Caroline Sparks, a 2-year-old girl by her 5-year-old brother, Kristian in Burkesville, Kentucky shows that parents are buying guns for their children, but not teaching them about the dangers of guns.

The .22-caliber rifle used to kill the girl was given to her brother as a gift last year. The children's mother said that the shooting occurred after she walked to the front porch last week Tuesday afternoon. When she returned, she saw that her young daughter had been shot in the chest once.

The father of the two children, Mr. White told authorities that the gun was stored in a corner and that they did not know that a bullet was still inside the rifle. The controversy over this death grew as the public learned that the rifle used is called a “Crickett.”

The rifle is named after a company that makes guns, clothes and guns for children. “It’s a little rifle for a kid,” said Mr. White, adding, “The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun.”

This story is also similar to Adam Lanza's story. His mother, Nancy bought him guns and taught him how to shoot, but the deaths that happened as a result to their knowledge of guns shows that both of these parents did not teach their children that guns are not toys. They can injure and kill people.

The NRA also held a NRA Youth Day and I hope that they can add a lecture about being responsible with guns for their members.

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