As usual, we start with the headline: Wise County teen shot when rifle bumped a wall, sheriff reports. Clumsy rifle! “Several children spotted a snake while playing outside along County Road 4764 and ran inside to get a gun to shoot it,” star-telegram.com reports. “As they were pulling a rifle from the gun cabinet, it bumped a wall and discharged, hitting the teen. Wise County EMS flew the victim to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.” Was the gun locked in a gun safe . . .
Was the child too young to have access to the gun? Possibly.
Was the gun stored with a round in the chamber and the safety off? Possibly.
Did the young lad’s finger pull the trigger? Definitely (unless it was a Remington 700).
Was the gun pointed in a safe direction? Nope.
Should the paper have avoided using passive construction to tell the tale so that this story could be a teachable moment for all gun owners? What do you think?