Murders and siblings in Southern United States

by vincentrobert on February 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

In this Gazette article originally posted in the Washington Post on February 7th, 2016 (, it was reported that a nine-year-old girl living in Alabama with her family has been fatally shot with her grandfather’s pistol by her younger brother, who was obviously unaware of what would happen as a result. The pistol was laying loaded on the nightstand and had been put there by the grandfather, not knowing his children were coming over. The rest of the family did not know that there was a gun in the house and was at the house. They rushed in the room when they heard the sound of the gunshot. It has also been acknowledged that there would be no charges filed against the three-year-old child, as it was clearly an accident. The parents also have stated that nobody can understand how they feel unless they experience it. It has also been stated that this is not the first time such a thing happens, as forty-three similar events have happened in the United States in the first ten months of 2015 (also the fifth since January 1st.) As the older brother of three other younger boys, I personally feel concerned by this event since it must be really horrible to lose a loved one at such a small age. I grew up with young children in my home for five years now and I know what it must feel like for a parent to lose their child because of something that could have been easily prevented by the parents or, even, by the country’s gun policies.