Awww, it’s such a heartwarming scene, right? Dad and Junior hauling the guns out of the safe Friday night, getting everything ready for their big weekend hunting trip. A little cleaning, a little lore about the big one pop got when he was the kid’s age and, of course, a little talk about the proper care and feeding of firearms. But that talk should probably exclude dad pointing one of the bangsticks at the kid’s head. “An 11-year-old Missouri boy survived being accidentally shot in the cheek by his father who was teaching him about gun safety, police said,” . . .
It sounds like the kid (not pictured above) — not to mention Dad — was pretty damned lucky. As in run right out and buy a lottery ticket lucky.
(Detective Richard)Shelton said the bullet first struck the boy’s hand, which was resting on his face, potentially slowing the bullet enough to prevent deeper damage.
“We actually found the boy up walking, and he was able to walk to the ambulance,” Shelton said. “He was transported to Heartland, where they decided to taken him by air ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for further treatment. The projectile was still lodged back below his jaw.”
Pop probly oughta wait until the tyke’s released from the hospital to get that lottery ticket, though.
Dad may have some legal ‘splainin’ to do once Det. Shelton and the DA are finished dertermining just exactly what the facts is. Not to mention some awkward moments persuading mom to let the kid tromp through the woods with the pater familias and a loaded gun again.
And while we’d love to send pop an IGOTD trophy to cheer up Junior’s hospital room, the local yokels are doing a good job of keeping dad incognito. Oh well.