Wednesday, February 06, 2013

A Sickness

Yet another story evoking disgust:
A 3-year-old boy in Greenville, South Carolina was shot in the head and killed on Friday after he started playing with a pink handgun because he thought it was a toy. Police responding to the shooting at Haywood Plantation Apartments said that Tmorej Smith was found with a gunshot wound to the head, according to The Associated Press. ... Fowler said that the shooting happened in a bedroom, while the boy’s grandparents were in the living room.
In a move that is endorsed by Gayle Trotter and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, guns that have designs made to allegedly appeal to women have become more common. It's the kind of thing you'd think poses such a hazard to children that if those supervising them are moronic enough not to keep them in a safe place (y'know like Gayle Trotter) that some sort of product liability would be justified.

Good luck with that, because thanks to Congress, you may be able to sue a manufacturer of a washing machine that shorts out, but you cannot sue a gun manufacture for making a gun look like a transformer.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


StonyPillow said...

Imagine how much better the Audi 2013 Big Game commercial Prom would have been with a handgun.

“Hey, son. Have fun tonight.”

Montag said...

Funny thing--the U.S. military does the same thing with the bomblets in cluster bombs. Paints them bright colors so they're attractive to children....

We are a sick people.

Anonymous said...

This is the thing about all these people that insist that they need to have handguns in case some deranged criminal (probably a blah person) comes a-calling.

I don't have the stats on this, but I'd be willing to bet that that home handgun is far more likely to kill someone in the home than an outsider... and quite probably a woman or a child will be the victim.

I have a friend from Ohio who's always getting e-mails about guns and the Second Amendment from some NRA-type asshole.

My friend, being a typical liberal, is far too polite to point out to this asshole that if there had been no handgun in the home, then the asshole's eleven year old son wouldn't have shot himself with it.

Joe Blow said...

um.. if the boy is dead, how do we know he thought it was a toy?

maybe he was tired. so tired.

pansypoo said...

guns are amerika's pandemic. something lawyers haven't been able to stop or adorn with warning labels.

my gun toting republican virginia e-pal is appalled by them pink guns.