(TPM) A 7-year-old California boy was injured in the chest Saturday while target shooting at a homemade range, Sacramento TV station KCRA reported.
Deputies told KCRA that the boy was shooting at targets with his father on family property while other family members stood behind them and watched. The boy was firing a single-shot .22-caliber bolt action youth rifle with his father’s help, according to a release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.
At one point, the boy grabbed his chest in pain, deputies told KCRA. The father then noticed that his son’s T-shirt had a small hole in it and his son was bleeding from his chest.
What’s interesting here is that everyone did everything right. According to the original KCRA report, “The targets were about 40 yards away” and “Despite the fact that no one noticed any ricochets and the guns were always pointed down-range, the 7-year-old at one point grabbed his chest and complained of pain, deputies said.”
So, despite what the blood lobby tells you, you can take every precaution and still be injured or possibly killed by a firearm. The idea that using firearms can be 100% safe is not true at all. It involves risk. And every time you’re exposed to a firearm, you’re exposed to that risk.
This is why studies that show that gun owners and their families are at increased risk of firearm injury or death should be met with “Well duh!” — because math. There may be a lot of reasons why you’d want to take that risk, but the protection of yourself and your family is one of the worst and most illogical. It’s like using smoking to ward off mosquitoes as a way to avoid disease — your risk of cancer increases, while your risk of contracting West Nile was never statistically significant in the first place.