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Tara - posted on 02/11/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/arti...

Green Bay police are recommending criminal charges against the father of a 9-year-old girl who was shot in the chest last week by her fifth-grade brother.

Police said they are asking the Brown County district attorney's office to file misdemeanor charges against the 40-year-old man for obstructing officers and for leaving a loaded firearm within reach of a child.

The man lied to police about where the gun had been stored, and he tried to conceal the weapon after police learned of the Feb. 3 accidental shooting, Capt. Todd Thomas said.

The girl was shot just below the throat, and the 9 mm round exited through her shoulder, police said. The children had been alone in their home in the 900 block of Elmore Street on the city's west side when their dog started barking, causing them to fear a possible intruder. The children got their father's gun, and it accidentally discharged.

The boy bandaged his sister, and their dad drove them to school the next day without noticing the injury, police said. Teachers noticed the girl was pale and shaking, and school officials had her taken to a local hospital, where the wound was discovered.

The girl is expected to survive because the bullet didn't strike anything vital, police said.

The district attorney's office has not yet made a charging decision in the case.

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Another example of why guns should be stored properly and another reason why having guns for self-protection and protection of property is dangerous and honestly seems rather irresponsible to have a loaded weapon in the home.

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Nikkole - posted on 02/11/2011

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There MUST be more to this story, i mean really how do you not realize something is wrong with your child?? BUT if taught gun safety and the gun AND ammo were stored properly these things would not happen!

Sneaky - posted on 02/11/2011

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I throw more support behind the natural selection theory if it had been the father who was shot not the daughter . . .

Anyway, my first thought here was - if there was a gun in the house, why the hell were the kids not taught how to use it properly? Why was it even loaded if it was only needed to 'scare' off intruders?

Wow. 100% negligence.

Sharon - posted on 02/11/2011

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HOLY SHIT BALLS.

That is amazingly unreal. Poor little girl.

People need to face harsher penalties for not securing their fucking guns. My fucking lord, how mother fucking hard is it to buy a goddamned trigger lock and keep the ammo hidden?

How stupid do you have to be to leave that shit laying around?

Going back 5 generations in a hunting family - NO GUN DEATHS. NO GUN CRIMES. Why? Because we're educated. Because we don't slack off on the security or education. Buncha fucknuts.

although I feel bad for the little girl, I'm rather firmly on the side of natural selection.

Jenni - posted on 02/11/2011

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Krissy, there is definitely more to this story than just having a loaded gun in the home, you got that right!
The kids are 9 and 10 years old obviously old enough to know what they should do in a situation like that. Tell an adult. Unless they both were terrified of what that adult might do if they find out.
Not defending guns in the home... I'm not pro-gun. Guess it just shows that they can't take responsibility into account when handing out gun licenses. You don't have to be mentally disturbed to be irresponsible.

Krissy - posted on 02/11/2011

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oh... and my 6 year old son would know his older sister needed to go to the hospital...if she was shot... none of the BS about bandaging her and trying to not let dad see it... either that boy has issues, too, or there's more wrong here than we know... cuz the boy is so afraid of his father, that he doesn't seek medical attention for his sister!!!

Krissy - posted on 02/11/2011

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ok, what the heck????

your kid gets shot, and is visibly shaking and pale in class... but you are clueless and drive her to school????

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/11/2011

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No guns in my house, and I WILL be asking my kids friends if they have a gun in the house...IF he goes there...if they do, my kids will not be allowed over their house.

Sara - posted on 02/11/2011

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That is truly horrible. How can you NOT notice your child has been shot in the chest? WTF?

Stories like this are why I will never have a gun in my house. The probability that it would wound one of my family rather than an intruder is far too great for me to comfortable.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/11/2011

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How awful. This is why I will never ever own a gun...properly stored or not.

Jodi - posted on 02/11/2011

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EXACTLY Tara. I posted a similar story about a man charged with manslaughter when his son went on a killing spree with his gun, which was left out. The penalties for this need to be harsher to make people think harder about their storage, if they insist on having guns in the house.

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