My heart broke when my mom called to tell me about this last night.
The shooting happened Saturday afternoon in the officer’s parked van in Stanwood. The sibling, whose age and gender have not been released, found a loaded handgun in the vehicle and fired it, striking the girl, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating.
Here’s the quick run down incase you are outside the loop, but an off duty police officer left a loaded weapon in his car with his children. The children found the weapon and one of the children shot the other.
It is a heart breaking story and is totally preventable through a couple different means. The most important of which is EDUCATION! Educate your children about the use of firearms. Instruct them they are tools, not toys and should be treated as such. I grew up in a house with a loaded firearm on the wall for coyotes and other varmints. My sister and I never shot each other because our parents educated us.
If you turn firearms into the forbidden fruit it just drives curiosity and removes the ability for you to demonstrate the respect they deserve. You cannot hide your children from firearms. The best thing you can do is educate them and remove their curiosity.
As a side note, this accident happened in the charge of one of the anointed. The people the anti-rights cultists claim are the only people most highly qualified and trained to use a firearm. My parents weren’t in law enforcement and properly educated their children about firearms. Some food for thought.
*I know some might say kids are too young to understand, maybe you should actually expect something out of your child. You might be pleasantly surprised at the result.