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  • right2life Feb 1, 1:33 p.m.

    There has been no update to this story since Friday. It would be nice to know how this child is doing.

  • LEO-007 Jan 30, 8:51 a.m.

    I am an instructor I spend a lot of time on this in my classes. All fire arms need to be secured from children, and children need to be taught about fire arms at an early age. The key here is education on both sides.

  • topfan4unc Jan 27, 7:59 p.m.

    Prayers with this little one.

  • Skydiver2 Jan 27, 7:50 p.m.

    Bad mistake by the parents. I feel bad for them. They have to live with this. True they should have prevented this. I have guns but had always kept them secure and never had them loaded or ammo in the same location when my son was young. I had also taught him the proper way to handle a firearm. Now if you choose not to own a firearm that's your right but don't use an accident as an excuse to say they are bad. Hope all you self righteous liberals never need a gun one day.

  • topfan4unc Jan 27, 7:48 p.m.

    Also, don't be fooled into thinking that my two or three year old isn't strong enough to pull the trigger......I have worked the scenes where three did so easily. Two died and one lived.

  • topfan4unc Jan 27, 7:46 p.m.

    Don't think that I am against gun ownership, for I am all for it. But safely, especially when minors are in a home or even visiting a home. I grew up in a home with two or three guns in it. Had been educated about not handling them and also how deadly they were. Was taught how to shoot them when old enough. Was too afraid of my Dad to dare touch them when he was not even at home!

    Have three guns now in my home and one in my auto for late night traveling or in the event of car jackings and such. I secure them when minors visit in my home. I do not wish to be a part of the statistics!

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Jan 27, 7:39 p.m.

    I wonder what these parents have to say about this being a fair price to pay for having a gun around the house in case a burglar were to enter the home. Uh huh. Yup.

  • topfan4unc Jan 27, 7:35 p.m.

    More info:

    More than 500 children die annually from accidental gunshots. Some shoot themselves, while others kill friends or siblings after discovering a gun.

    Here are more scary stats: Americans own 200 million firearms, and 35 percent of homes contain at least one gun. Last year, a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found more than 1.7 million children live in homes with loaded and unlocked guns.

    And if you do own a gun and think your kid won't get to it, listen to this: A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found 39 percent of kids knew where their parent's guns were stored, while 22 percent said they had handled the weapons despite adult's warnings to stay away. What's more, age was not a factor in whether children had played with the guns -- 5-year-olds were just as likely to report doing so as
    14-year-olds.

  • topfan4unc Jan 27, 7:26 p.m.

    Please stop calling this an "accident" because it is NOT! Any time a 4 yr old can access a gun and fire that gun, then it is the result of an adult not adequately storing that weapon so as not to be accessed by minors (those that cannot know just how dangerous a weapon can be). It makes steam come out to hear this always referred to as an accident. 100% preventable!!!! I said this before during articles about 3 other shootings in the state in recent months with kids being killed or badly injured.

    Want to know the statistics in past years:

    (older stat)Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that, on average, one child died every three days in accidental incidents in the United States from 2000 to 2005.
    Overlapping stat:
    From 2001 through 2007, over 4,900 people in the United States died from unintentional shootings. A federal government study of unintentional shootings found that 8% of such shooting deaths resulted from shots fired by children under age 6

  • udaycoosay Jan 27, 7:19 p.m.

    eyeupurass, you clearly have no understanding of modern firearms. Dropping them does not cause them to fire. But since you see no need to protect yourself or your worthless family, I won't be the one to educate you.

  • rescuefan Jan 27, 7:19 p.m.

    "Most parents today have no clue what that means. If they do, they wait until the kid is 12-15 years old and acting out to start making good use of it.
    JoCoQueen"

    Yeah, because whipping them when they are young and behaving themselves teaches them manners in the future. Seriously?

  • Made In USA Jan 27, 7:15 p.m.

    Gosh I hope that the child will survive.

  • Made In USA Jan 27, 7:14 p.m.

    This may be a case of a parent being responsible for the nightmare that has happened. So very sad....

  • eyeoneastsky Jan 27, 7:07 p.m.

    I know thousands of people who never owned a gun. They were not murdered. They lived quiet peaceable lives and died naturally. Violence begets violence. If you live by the sword, you will die by the sword.

  • NCHighlander Jan 27, 7:03 p.m.

    I wish Eve Carson had a gun the last night of her life.

  • Ripcord Jan 27, 7:00 p.m.

    "Guns do kill."

    Guns kill in the same way pens write bad checks.

  • eyeoneastsky Jan 27, 6:57 p.m.

    mfarmer, you had better hope you are not in the path of your gun if an earth quake shakes your house. It may jump right out of it's case and blow you to kingdom come.

  • udaycoosay Jan 27, 6:50 p.m.

    eyeoneastsky - you are absolutely correct. You need to place a sign in front of your house that proudly states your philosophy. If you are a pacifist why not tell everyone?

  • DurhamDevil Jan 27, 6:46 p.m.

    I feel desperately sad for the child. For the parents, they should be held 100% responsible.

    Kids and guns in the same house is a stupid decision. I am sure these parents "just knew this could never happen in their home".

  • eyeoneastsky Jan 27, 6:44 p.m.

    A "devout Christian" has his faith squarely in God, not guns!!!Positive thoughts are useless. Of course people are going to react when something like this happens. Choices carry consequences. Some adult chose to keep a gun in the house where children dwell. End of story.

  • apnc2 Jan 27, 6:44 p.m.

    I have tall shelves in my closet but I still lock up my gun in a vault. I do not trust that my little ones won't climb up to get it. A gun should always be locked in a gun vault at ALL TIMES. Even during transport.

  • mfarmer1 Jan 27, 6:43 p.m.

    > "There is no purpose for a gun besides maiming and killing"

    Target shooting does not maiming or kill

    My gun has not jumped out of it's gun case and shot anyone (Yet).

  • bpbk0525 Jan 27, 6:42 p.m.

    I know of this family too. IT IS NOT A DRUG HOUSE. Geez. The mother is a nurse and they are good people. Yes, it was a HUGE mistake, but just PRAY for the boy.

  • eyeoneastsky Jan 27, 6:32 p.m.

    There is no purpose for a gun besides maiming and killing. Guns do kill.

  • pjh64 Jan 27, 6:28 p.m.

    I just want to let everyone that this is not a drug house. This is my family and we are devout Christians. This young childs grandfather is a minister. So before everyone starts up on the "soapbox" about guns and comments about this family should get their stories straight. Instead of negative comments, how about prayers for this child, family and extended family. Mistakes happen and I am quite sure that they had no idea this child would climb up and get the gun. Shame on all who have nothing better to say. I was always taught "if you can't say something nice then don't say nothing at all". For the people that are praying "Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!"
    Regardless of the outcome this family will need your positive thoughts and prayers.

  • bitemedoughboy Jan 27, 6:07 p.m.

    That switch on the counter kept me from messing with things I didn't have no business. Mr. Sensible

    Most parents today have no clue what that means. If they do, they wait until the kid is 12-15 years old and acting out to start making good use of it.

  • hitwoman1965 Jan 27, 5:56 p.m.

    guns dont kill its the people behind the guns and children should be taught early in life the safety use of guns i was raised around all kinds of guns knew they werent toys and knew if i touched them i get my tush burnt * which i dont consider child abuse but being raised * if we took everything away that might hurt or kill a child better start with cars lot more kids killed in accidents in cars then by guns

  • Ex-Republican Jan 27, 5:53 p.m.

    What is it with Durham and guns? The days before New Year's Eve Durham residents were warned not to shoot their guns in the air to celebrate because falling bullets are just as deadly. Perhaps Durham residents aren't smart enough to own firearms.

  • scifion Jan 27, 5:38 p.m.

    >>"What type of moronic move is it to arm a bunch of unqualified, untrained, unfit Yahoos and expect nothing bad to happen?"

    It must be terrible for you to live among such low-lives here in NC, when states like NY and NJ have the personal firearms laws figured out already. Next train out of Cary leaves for Penn Station at 8:15AM. Take some friends with you. Thanks.

  • freedomrings Jan 27, 5:38 p.m.

    Seriously praying for this child and the family.

  • nanasix Jan 27, 5:30 p.m.

    God bless this family, my prayers are with them, and hope the child is ok. A gunshot to the head doesn't sound good.

  • nanasix Jan 27, 5:30 p.m.

    When I was young, I wouldn't allow a gun in my home around my children. Now I wouldn't be without one, but you can bet it would be secured.

    God bless this family, my prayers are with them, and hope the child is ok. A gunshot to the head doesn't sound good.

  • nanasix Jan 27, 5:28 p.m.

    When I was young, I wouldn't allow a gun in my home around my children. Now I wouldn't be without one, but you can bet it would be secured where children couldn't get to it.

    God bless this family, my prayers are with them, and hope the child is ok. A gunshot to the head doesn't sound good.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 27, 5:22 p.m.

    I certainly hope the child will be Ok. It's a ashame that it has gotten so bad that people have to have some type of sercuity, even to the point of keeping a load gun in the house. But with gun ownership come a grave responsibilty that an accident can happen and it must be avoid. This should be a lesson to those who think they're responsible gun owners. Never, ever assume it can't or won't happen.

  • scifion Jan 27, 5:17 p.m.

    >>"Only stupid people keep guns in the house with kids."

    Many children have grown up with guns in the house and have become responsible, intelligent gun owners themselves; ones who secure their firearms so that accidents like this cannot happen. You only showed your own ignorance with the statement above. Pathetic.

  • Mr. Sensible Jan 27, 5:08 p.m.

    That switch on the counter kept me from messing with things I didn't have no business.

  • fayncmike Jan 27, 5:02 p.m.

    "You must have selective memory. I've read several such news stories. I'm sure they report them when they happen, just like when a child accidently shoots themselves. Unfortunately, the latter seems to happen more often...
    simplelogic"

    Unfortunate or not, this is going to be happening more and more. Lots of children are going to be injured or killed. This is just the tip of the iceberg. About the worst thing old Bev did was that moronic Castle garbage. Hopefully the next governor will work to have it repealed. What type of moronic move is it to arm a bunch of unqualified, untrained, unfit Yahoos and expect nothing bad to happen?

  • fnlyfree07 Jan 27, 5:01 p.m.

    I hope the child will be ok.

    As for wigi's comment: "Only stupid people keep guns in the house with kids. There is a greater chance of a tragic accident then "shooting an intruder". What is wrong with people?"

    The problem is with people like you that are against a persons right to keep and bear arms. If the parents of this child had practiced proper gun safety then this "tragic" accident would have never happened. Majority gun owner with children know that you lock up the unloaded gun separate from the ammo in a safe or lock box. It is a parents responsibility to teach their children not to touch them and when they are older then it is their duty to make sure they learn the proper way to safely handle a firearm. I guess you think the parents of the 14 year old boy that killed a man attempting to break into their house several weeks ago was stupid for owning a gun too.

  • westernwake1 Jan 27, 5:00 p.m.

    "Someone called 911 around 8:45 a.m. and reported that the child had fallen off a counter and suffered a head injury. Police said they later determined that the boy had found an unsecured gun and was injured when it discharged. SO WHY?? didn't this "someone" call 911 and report that they had heard a gunshot? This is not stacking up according to anything logical. I see coverup coming." - mikeyj

    My instinct is saying Drug House even though there is no proof of this yet. The culprits probably needed time to hide the drugs, cash, and guns before EMS & police arrived. If they were an honest homeowner who had unfortunately left the gun unsecured then they probably would have told the truth on the 911 call.

    I hope the best for this 4 year old child and that they recover quickly.

  • westernwake1 Jan 27, 4:55 p.m.

    What type of family leaves an unsecured gun out with young children around?

    It would be different if the children in the house were teenagers and had basic gun training & knew enough not to mishandle a firearm.

  • Maybe Next Time Michele Jan 27, 4:53 p.m.

    "Hey I have an idea, to most of the inconsiderate a-holes who can only criticize people when you do not know the entire story. You should praying for their 4 year old child to heal, for a mother and a father not to lose their precious son. "

    If a child is able to have easy access to a loaded gun then no excuse need be given. My prayers are that these loving parents who leave a loaded gun out in access of a small child go to prison.

  • poohperson2000 Jan 27, 4:49 p.m.

    that is heartbreaking..

  • mikeyj Jan 27, 4:42 p.m.

    Someone called 911 around 8:45 a.m. and reported that the child had fallen off a counter and suffered a head injury. Police said they later determined that the boy had found an unsecured gun and was injured when it discharged. SO WHY?? didn't this "someone" call 911 and report that they had heard a gunshot? This is not stacking up according to anything logical. I see coverup coming.

  • shoutntime Jan 27, 4:41 p.m.

    Only stupid people keep guns in the house with kids. There is a greater chance of a tragic accident then "shooting an intruder". What is wrong with people? - wigi

    Ingorance is bliss, only stupid people leave a loaded gun unattended around kids. One has to take the time to train their children. I started mine at 3 years old and they are now in their mid twenties and never shot themselves or anyone else.

  • kimisufu Jan 27, 4:41 p.m.

    There will not be a tragic accident in my house involving a gun because my husband and I have taken the proper precautions to ensure that one does not happen.

  • scyr0210 Jan 27, 4:39 p.m.

    Hey I have an idea, to most of the inconsiderate a-holes who can only criticize people when you do not know the entire story. You should praying for their 4 year old child to heal, for a mother and a father not to lose their precious son. So it would be okay if dad ran on the road, flipped the car and the son was critically injured....I don't think so, and this does not warrant these kind of respones either. How about having a heart and love for this family who is suffering, then having hate. Many of you preach peace, but look at the words that you are spitting out to someone you don't even know who you are talking about or the details of the situation. I will pray, not only for this family, but also for the people who continue to bash them.

  • mfarmer1 Jan 27, 4:30 p.m.

    > "Someone called 911 around 8:45 a.m. and reported that the child had fallen off a counter and suffered a head injury."

    so were they trying to cover it up?

  • Phyxius1 Jan 27, 4:29 p.m.

    Hope the child will be okay. I had guns in my house when my kids were young and all had trigger locks on them and never kept loaded. Kids are kids so why take a chance. I actually had handguns in cases with trigger locks. 2 keys in 2 places and ammo somewhere else made it hard for accidents like this to happen.When they got older they both took gun safety classes and learned how to safely handle them and not as show and tell toys.

  • wigi Jan 27, 4:28 p.m.

    Only stupid people keep guns in the house with kids. There is a greater chance of a tragic accident then "shooting an intruder". What is wrong with people?

  • brmyspots Jan 27, 4:27 p.m.

    I'd rather take my chances of being killed by an intruder than to have one of my children killed in an accidental shooting. rossfranco

    It's actually possible to do both. Any (responsible) person who owns gun and has children knows what tools are available to prevent this type of accident.

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