Handgun “Goes Off” in Houston Kindergarten, Shoots 3

“Three students were shot Tuesday after a gun brought to school by a 6-year-old boy accidentally went off,” foxnews.com reports. So, once again, a gun “went off” all on its own, this time in the cafeteria at the Ross Elementary School. Houston Independent School District spokesman Jason Spencer explains: “The weapon fell to the ground and fired during the lunch period around 10:22 a.m., injuring three kindergarten students, including the child who brought the gun.” The injuries aren’t life-threatening. But the official explanation is credibility-threatening. How many guns aren’t drop-safe these days? And how many of the ones that are can shoot three students with one shot?And I don’t know about you, but I’m not milling around any school with a reported shooting. I’m gonna grab my kid and go.

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13 Responses to Handgun “Goes Off” in Houston Kindergarten, Shoots 3

  1. avatarPatrick B. says:

    Talk about a no-win situation. The kid’s idiot parent(s) need some Graybar Hotel time to contemplate their stupidity for not locking up the gun. But then the poor tot ends up a ward of the court and the cycle spins on…

  2. avatarFred says:

    It’s a lousy situation all around, however with little in the way of details it’s tough to tell if the gun “went off” when it fell or not. It’s possible it could happen with an old single action pistol, an old pistol in poor repair, or a pistol that a “home-smith” tinkered with etc…

    As for multiple students being injured by a single shot, it’s also possible if the bullet fragmented (frangible round, soft lead etc) or was a pistol caliber shot shell. It is also possible that the bullet itself didn’t injure anyone, but “shrapnel” from whatever it hit did the damage.

    It will also be interesting to see if we ever actually hear where the child got the gun to begin with, and before everyone starts condemning the kids parent’s, he could have found it, it could have been an older siblings (the parent’s may not have even aware the gun was in the home) or it could have come from a friends or neighbors house.

  3. I say the parents and older siblings are immediately brought in for questioning. Jail may not be necessary but for sure the family loses it’s right to have guns in the house. One strike you’re out.

    • avatarTTACer says:

      One strike you’re out.

      Is that how you feel about all crimes? That would be atypical for a liberal, kudos.

  4. avatarTodd Price says:

    Echoing what Fred said, it is possible (though unlikely) that the gun was not acquired from the home. It probably does little good to speculate on the fate of Mom and/or Dad until all the facts are in evidence.

    That said, if this is indeed a home gun, then any CPL’s issued to the parents should be forthwith revoked, potentially all handguns in their possession should be turned over to law enforcement until such a time the child is 18, and compensatory and punitive damages should be paid by the parents, or they need to spend time in jail.

    It will be interesting to learn more of the details of this case as they become known.

  5. avatarTravis Leibold says:

    My money is on some kind of derringer, possibly loaded with shotshells.

    Just got back from the range with my kindergardner. We had a Safe, Fun, time shooting some rubber birds and squirrels with her 10-22 Compact off the bench.
    Setting a good example and taking away the “Cat-Killing Curiosity” is the path I have chosen. She enjoys the strucure and the responsibilty that in turn gives her the privelage.

  6. avatarJOE MATAFOME says:

    I thought that you were guilty until proven innocent, oh wait that’s in other country’s not here. The parents may be responsible, but let the cops investigate and then they can take action. This kid could have just as easily found this on the street if he in a bad section of town, because gangbangers are known to keep hidden weapons in muliple places.

  7. avatarCalifornia Liberal says:

    Just ask the 6 year old where he got it. He’ll tell you from home. Then take the parents and string them up by the short hairs and give them some “Texas” punishment.

  8. avatarBob H says:

    From the description of the injuries it was shrapnel which injured the kids. Maybe spalling from cheap lunchroom tables?

  9. avatarRalph says:

    The gun just went off? Geez, that kid’s starting early.

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