Guns For Kids: How Young is Too Young to Shoot?

In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Kentucky this…

In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Kentucky this past week, asks about “Guns made for kids: How young is too young to shoot?

Using a .22-caliber, single-shot Crickett rifle, a 5-year-old Cumberland County (KY) boy shot and killed his 2-year-old sister in what the coroner described to a local paper as “just one of those crazy accidents.”

The toddler was shot when the boy was playing with the rifle, as Kentucky state police said in a statement. The gun, a type of rifle made specifically for kids, had been given to the boy as a gift last year and kept in a corner, and the family did not realize a shell was in the chamber, Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told the Lexington Herald-Leader.


So how young is too young—and what steps can be taken to bolster firearms safety when it comes to children?



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