Another Child Lost

The AP carried a story about a 5-year-old boy accidentally shooting his 2-year-old sister to death in rural southern Kentucky. It seems that he had received the gun as a gift last year. The gun was a Crickett, a company that specifically makes guns, clothes and books for children. A little gun for a little kid and the little kid, who was used to shooting the little gun, picked it up and killed his little sister. What a legacy for the child! He’ll live his whole life knowing he killed his little sister.

Now for the parents, let’s see how many counts of parental negligence we can find in this situation.

  1. The gun was a gift to a 5-year old. I don’t know of any 5-year old that needs a gun.
  2. The gun was in a place that the child could get to it easily. You don’t leave a gun in a corner; you secure it so the child can’t just pick it up.
  3. The gun was loaded. It’s the parent’s responsibility to make sure the gun is unloaded and secured.
  4. The parents weren’t in the room with the child and gun. You don’t leave a child and a gun in the same room unsupervised.

Well, I found four counts of parental negligence. Can you find others?

The 2-year-old had a name — Caroline Sparks — and we shouldn’t forget that. Here’s her photo so we know what she looks like.

In an article byCaroline CNN, the grandmother said, “It was God’s will. It was her time to go, I guess. I just know she’s in heaven right now and I know she’s in good hands with the Lord.”

Now I have a problem with the grandmother’s statement. It was not God’s will! God doesn’t will a 5-year-old boy to shoot and kill his 2-year-old sister. I have no doubt that Caroline is in Heaven, but she’s in Heaven because of parental negligence! I sincerely hope that the parents hurt, and hurt bad, from this for the rest of their lives because it’s a just punishment for their negligence. I don’t mourn for them at all, just Caroline and her brother.

The same CNN article also pointed out “two other incidents in recent months involving young children shooting others. In early April, a 4-year-old boy in Tennessee shot and killed a 48-year-old woman, and just days later, 6-year-old Brandon Holt was killed in New Jersey after being shot in the head by his 4-year-old playmate.” Wow! Isn’t anyone going to learn?