Girl Fatally Shot by Her Brother in Georgia
GEORGIA – April 15, 2019
Possessing a weapon is a huge responsibility, and anyone who owns one should obey all possible safety rules. Another testimony to this simple fact comes from Georgia, where a real tragedy occurred when six-year-old Millie Drew Kelly was fatally shot by her four-year-old brother with a gun their mother had forgotten under the passenger seat in their car.
The accident allegedly happened when the children were left in the car by their mother who was busy trying to fix the car. Although the girl was immediately rushed to the hospital, she died there two days later. According to the police, no charges will be filed, leaving the death of a six-year-old unpunished.
Unfortunately, such accidents happen often enough in America today. According to a USA Today investigation, at least 73 children were victims of fatal gun accidents last year. Social institutions must make every effort to prevent this from happening again.
“The law is meant to punish, deter and hold people accountable, but the real issue should be how to prevent something with a fatal outcome. So we have to deter that behavior and educate people," says David Chipman, a former agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a gun-violence prevention specialist, and a survivor of a mass shooting in Arizona in 2011.