In the most recent case of a parent accidentally shooting and killing a child with a gun that is meant for protection, a 64-year old father kills his teenage son in an accidental shooting at a gun range. William Brumby was firing his weapon at the High Noon Gun Range in Sarasota, Florida on Sunday when a spent shell casing deflected off a nearby wall and landed inside the back of his shirt reports the Chicago Tribune.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, ” Brumby tried to remove the shell with his right hand, which was holding the gun and accidentally fired the gun at his son, who was standing directly behind him.”
Stephen J. Brumby, later died at a hospital. The father’s two other children were with him but were not injured.
Brumby said he keeps guns in his home, so it was important that his children learn about gun safety.
“We wanted our kids to be aware of guns,” he told CNN after the fatal accident. “I wanted them to be comfortable around them and understand them.”
Kaitlyn Johnston, a spokeswoman for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, said that the investigation is essentially closed based on the eyewitness accounts and video findings, but remains “fluid.”
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the 64-year-old father has not been charged.
But in the days since his son’s tragic death, he has accepted full blame for the accident, which he blamed on an “operating error.”
“The gun didn’t kill my boy — I did,” Brumby told CNN. “Every round in the gun is your responsibility. When it fires, you need to stand to account for it.
“That’s what I’ve spent the last two days doing, accounting for my operating error.”
These cases of accidental shootings obviously result in distraught, heartbroken, and ashamed parents. Not to mention dead children. At a seemingly regular rate, as documented by groups like Parents Against Gun Violence, parents are accidentally shooting their children dead.
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