Posted 10 years ago on May 2, 2013, 10:30 p.m. EST by bensdad
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Five-year-old boy shot two-year-old sister with kids' gun The Sparks family home in Cumberland County, Kentucky 1 May 2013 A county judge said he would expect every home in the area has a gun
A five-year-old boy who shot dead his two-year-old sister in the US state of Kentucky used a gun marketed for children, authorities have said.
Kristian Sparks was given the .22-calibre rifle, called a Crickett, as a gift.
The Cumberland County coroner said a bullet had been left in the gun ahead of Tuesday's shooting.
Caroline's death has been ruled accidental, and it is not clear whether any charges will be filed.
She was shot in the chest as Kristian's mother went outside to feed their dogs, authorities said. The gun was apparently stored in a corner of the family's mobile home.
Officials and residents in the rural Kentucky county said it was common for children to begin shooting guns at a young age.
"It's a normal way of life, and it's not just rural Kentucky, it's rural America - hunting and shooting and sport fishing," said Cumberland County Judge John Phelps.
"There's probably not a household in this county that doesn't have a gun."
Kristian's rifle was manufactured by Keystone Sporting Arms, which has a "kid's corner" on its website featuring images of children at shooting ranges and on bird and deer hunts.
The guns are sold in pink, blue and other colors and designs.
Do you remebder when a "child's gun" was a cap gun or water pistol?
The 17-year-old company states its mission is to nurture gun safety among young shooters and displays testimonials from parents who say they are grateful to be able to go shooting with their children.
In the last three days at least three young boys have shot their sisters in the US, says Daily Kos writer David Waldman, who tracks accidental shootings.
In addition the Sparks case,
a five-year-old girl was shot and killed by her eight-year-old brother in western Alaska on Tuesday,
while a seven-year-old boy shot his sister, nine, in the leg in Auburn, Washington on Thursday.
Kentucky state lawmaker & nra tool Robert Damron said:
"Why single out firearms?
Why not talk about all the other things that endanger children, too?"
check out the new nra president: DAILY KOS: It looks like the NRA has no intention of toning down the batshit crazy, and calls for "responsible NRA leadership" just got shot in the thigh and left to bleed out behind the ol' shed. The new NRA president (the job rotates every two years, presumably because maintaining such a high level of indignant batshit crazy is a high-effort job) is current NRA vice president Jim Porter, who ascends to the job because apparently every last member of the NRA leadership is entirely off their rockers. Let's meet Jim, shall we? "The NRA was started 1871 right here in New York state. It was started by some Yankee generals who didn't like the way my Southern boys had the ability to shoot in what we call the 'War of Northern Aggression.' Now y'all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the 'War of Northern Aggression' down south."