This story got my attention recently. A five-year-old accidentally shot his two-year old sister to death with a rifle. It wasn't dad's rifle. It wasn't mom's rifle. It was his rifle. It was a Crickett rifle, proudly made in Pennsyltucky and intended for small children. I haven't followed the gun culture lately because it's become so downright crazy and so wasn't aware that there was a firearms manufacturer that specialized in making rifles for children. The 'T' of Pennsylvania, aka Pennsyltucky, is amazingly backward and gun-obsessed. I searched for dealers selling these things and found one two blocks from the house where I grew up in PA. All the gun dealers near where I live in NY carry them too, which I didn't know.
I grew up in Pennsylvania and I'm not at all surprised that the company is based there. I was raised by gun nuts and raised around guns. I had a rifle when I was a young cub. By young I mean like fourteen, not five. When I was five the only guns I had were plastic. Am I the only one who thinks it's completely crazy to give real rifles to five-year-olds? I don't mean a bb gun or airsoft. I mean actual firearms. It was also left in easy reach. If it were the boy's rifle that lived in a gun safe and came out at the range I'd be fine with this. If that were so the girl wouldn't have been shot. I used to think the nuts in my father's family were completely crazy in their attitudes toward guns. In the last few years I've seen many people who go far above and beyond. This is another example. These kinds of attitudes can't have a place in a civilized society.