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The 5-Year-Old Who Shot His Infant Brother In The Head Isn’t A Murderer, But His Parents Are

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police-lineA 5-year-old boy in Elmo MIssouri found a loaded revolver stashed in a cupboard in his parent’s bed yesterday, took it out of its hiding place, and used it to shoot his infant brother in the head. The baby was in a crib next to the bed. Another loaded gun kept in a house full of children, unlocked. There were four children in the home at the time; the infant was the youngest and the five-year-old the eldest.

This comes on the heels of a story in the New York Times over the weekend that revealed pre-school aged children are killed by guns more often than cops are in this country. Let that sink in for a minute:

About 20 children and teenagers are shot daily in the United States, according to a study by the journal Pediatrics.

Indeed, more preschool-age children (about 80 a year) are killed by guns each year than police officers are killed by guns (about 50), according to the F.B.I. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We would have more accurate statistics if the CDC began researching gun violence, as was intended and ordered by President Obama after the massacre at Sandy Hook. Can you take a guess why the CDC stopped researching gun violence – such a major killer of children in this country? If you guessed the NRA, you’re right. From The Washington Post:

The CDC had not touched firearm research since 1996 — when the NRA accused the agency of promoting gun control and Congress threatened to strip the agency’s funding. The CDC’s self-imposed ban dried up a powerful funding source and had a chilling effect felt far beyond the agency: Almost no one wanted to pay for gun violence studies, researchers say. Young academics were warned that joining the field was a good way to kill their careers. And the odd gun study that got published went through linguistic gymnastics to hide any connection to firearms.

We talk about combatting bullying constantly. The NRA is the biggest bully in this country, and it has the blood of thousands of children on its hands.

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