My granddaddy's little brother shot him with a shotgun when they were just tiny little things. He told the story of his brother saying, "I'm not afraid of Daddy's Big Boom-Boom! Boom-Boom's not loaded!"
Had a calcified pellet of birdshot lodged in his appendix until he died at 78.
Sad. I am pretty sure even the most avid gun owners wouldn't think giving one to a kindergartner and letting him have open access to it is a good idea. That family will be torn up by this. Not to mention that poor kid.
I have to be honest, living in England, you don't hear about half as much gun crime as a lot of other places in the world (don't get me wrong, we do definitely have gun crime and recently I've been hearing about a lot more of it, quite scarily very local to where I live) so this kind of story I just cannot comprehend. Why would you give a child a gun? Especially a child that young. It's honestly something I will never be able to understand regardless of the reasoning behind it. A child should not be in possession of any kind of weapon in my opinion. It's just wrong.
...horrible, just horrible....even I as a gun nut, I feel 5 is way to young...and if they were trying to teach the child the basics of firearms responsibility-it was an epic fail...Lord keep and protect the little one's soul and help her sibling deal with the lifelong guilt...