NEW JERSEY: The quiet town of Toms River, New Jersey was interrupted when 6-year old Brandon Holt was shot down by his 4-year old playmate. Witnesses said the 4-year-old was outside playing with Brandon when he wandered inside his house and came out with the loaded weapon. The gun went off, striking Brandon in the head, who was in a go-cart about 45 feet away. He died the next day.
“Why was there a gun lying around the house?” asked one neighbor. That’s the question the father of the 4-year old will have to answer in court. Anthony Senatore has been charged with child endangerment and enabling access by minors to a loaded firearm. Under New Jersey law, gun owners are required to keep loaded weapons out of the hands of minors. Senatore had at least three weapons in his house in addition to the rifle that his son used to shoot Brandon. All weapons were found “unsecured and in close proximity to ammunition and accessible to Senatore’s children,” ages 4, 8 and 12.
It was the second time in three days that a loaded weapon found its way into the hands of child with tragic results. Three days before the shooting death of Brandon Holt, a 4-year-old in Tennessee shot and killed a woman during a cookout.
Every American citizen has the right to bear arms. It’s the American way. But with that right comes responsibility. It smacks of unconscionable recklessness to have not one, but four unsecured weapons in a home around children. What would it have taken for Mr. Senatore to have secured the weapons? That, I don’t know. What I do know is that it would have saved the life of one 6-year old.
(Source: The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times)
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