Two children shoot themselves – same city, same day

On Thursday, January 27, a 9-year-old Salt Lake City boy shot himself in the head. The KSL article contained no details of the tragedy other than that the boy was in stable condition.

On the same day, a 3-year-old boy in Salt Lake City, also shot himself and is also in stable condition. The shootings are unrelated, other than the fact that Utah does not require the safe storage of firearms.

That morning, the toddler rose before everyone else at 6:30 in the morning. Wanting to play, he must have known where the family kept their handgun. Apparently, the adults thought it was stored too high for the boy to reach.

Being resourceful, the boy climbed up on the kitchen counter. He reached the gun, which the parents thought was very high up.¬† It wasn’t.¬†While playing with the loaded gun, the 3-year-old shot himself in the head.

As usual in these situations, the KSL article described this negligent homicide as an accident. An adult left a loaded handgun within reach of a 3-year-old, and everyone calls it an accident. The gun needed to be locked up securely so the child could not possibly get ahold of it.