Thursday, May 2, 2013

RIP Caroline Sparks

A single bullet to the chest killed Caroline Sparks, a 2-year-old Kentucky girl shot by her 5-year-old brother, Kristian. Kristian used his “My First Rifle,” made by Crickett, a component of Keystone Arms. KSA specializes in guns made for children as young as 4-years-old. On their web site they say, "Our single shot .22 rifles sold under the Crickett and Chipmunk brands continue to be the industry leader in safety...we look forward to having you as a customer for life!"

Not you Caroline.



Anonymous said...

A 5 year-old boy kills his 2-year old sister with a gun his parents allow him to have. It seems to me that the whole family would now be irreparably broken . . . by a “toy.” I don't suppose a background check would have prevented this—what would? Maybe a sane country. hc

Richard Badalamente said...

The NRA makes the same lame statement after every shooting, "A background check wouldn't have prevented this." That's a generality and like all generalities (including this one) it is false. You can't prove a negative, so you can't prove that the absence of a system of universal background checks wouldn't have prevented a particular mass shooting.

Now in the case of Caroline, a background check might not have prevented this tragedy, unless it included an IQ test for the parents.

Anonymous said...

You are so right. We need to insist on background checks for any type of gun purchase along with banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines . . . and "toy" guns that shoot real bullets. hc