11 year-old dies after 4 year-old shoots him, 6 kids were in the house at the time

May 15, 2013
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In Gainesville Florida an 11-year-old boy, Jarvan Jackson, died Tuesday just  two days after he was accidentally shot by a 4-year-old on Mother’s Day, according to  officials.  The police received a 911 call to the Cedar Park Apartments on Sunday and found Jarvan Jackson injured inside one of the units.

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WTEV reported on the day of the incident that the woman who called 911 said, “The children were covered in blood. I went inside the house because I heard all the kids screaming and the little boy was laying on his back, covered up.”

An unidentified woman also said there were at least six children inside the apartment where the shooting took place, and a man who was also at the apartment seemed concerned with the circumstances.

PreviewShe added, “He was like, ‘Oh my God, somebody help me, help me, help.  I’m going to prison, my life is over, my life is over. He opened the back door and was just like not even paying attention to the children anymore.”

The Tampa Tribune reports, “Police and the state Department of Children & Families are investigating to determine how the younger child got the gun. They also are trying to determine whether there was adequate supervision for the children at the home.”

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  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla

    Clearly someone left a gun loaded and unsecured, whether that person will be charged and held liable is debateable. In over 60 unintentional child involved shootings in the last 90 days only 4 adults have been charged. 2 in New Jersey which has very specific safe storage laws.

    The pool analogy is simply off point. There are laws regarding swimming pools, it must be fenced to a certain height and locked or equipped with an automatic power safety cover as well as a detection alarm.

    Particularly once a child becomes ambulatory a good Pediatrician advises his patients parents in all manner of things that involve keeping and allowing the child to grow up healthy. This does include things like storage of medication and chemicals. Since I’m pretty sure if a toddler finds a hammer, death is not the likely result I will concede that point. At what point is child’s Dr saying “if there are firearms in the house, have you considered how you will store them? This is what the AMA has found works best with children Bobby’s age”. You truly find that offensive?

    BTW, at no point did I indicate I thought guns should be banned. I think irresponsible people should be held account for their actions and allowing children access to firearms through stupidity or negligence should always be a criminal action and not “just an accident”.

    • Consistency

      We actually agree on a lot more than you would think. I believe in enforcing the laws we have with more of a punishment. Not making more and more and more and more laws.

      We have a problem in this country, and one more law isn’t going to help. It makes it worse. We have the largest prison population in the world because we have so many absurd laws, and instead of the intended purpose, it creates criminals for life.

      You want to save lives? End the War on Drugs. Instead of punishing those who are addicted to drugs with jail, treat the addiction. Most murders involving firearms in this country are caused by gang activity which is propagated by the prohibition of drugs. You could force those who sell drugs to get real, legal jobs where they wouldn’t need to protect their merchandise with deadly force because you could get the drugs from a local store.

      I am not advocating the usage of drugs, I am also not trying to make it easier to get them (as we all know, I can get drugs easier than I can get a license for a car, or even buy a gun). However, if you take away the motivation to protect prohibited merchandise with deadly force, you will end gang violence. Then instead of jailing those who take drugs, you get them help. You treat the addiction.

      You better bet I would be offended if a doctor asked me where I stored my guns. Again, it’s none of his business where I store my private property. If I had a child, simply put, it would be my child, who is living in my home, around my property. It is the business of no one else but me what I do with my property.

      • niblet

        Your final paragraph is based on what seems to be a faulty reading of Carla’s example. The doctor is not asking where the guns are stored. The doctor is not getting into anyone’s business. “Have you considered how you will store them?” is a far cry from “Where are they stored?” Similarly, “Have you considered child-proofing your cabinets?” is not the same as asking, “Where do you keep the rat poison/bleach/etc.?”

  • extra_ranch

    Benghazi much?

    • Consistency

      Can you point out to me in the above statement where I mentioned Benghazi?

      The Republicans over reaction to Benghazi has nothing to do with the argument that standing on the graves of the dead to propagate a political agenda is that used by scum who have no real argument besides relying on horrible incidents to make their agenda seem relevant.

      However, if this were Bush in office, and he had a scandal like Benghazi, you better believe the Democrats would be acting the same exact way.

      This website constantly (from what I can see in my short experience with it) posts stories about accidents involving firearms, for what reason? They surely don’t post accidents from drowning, from medical malpractice, from drunk driving, from vending machines falling on people, from jaws attacks. Why only guns?

      They act like they care about saving lives, yet the lives of all other incidents not involving guns are simply ignored. Compassion for the loss of life does not start and stop at your political agenda. Any life lost deserves compassion, especially those lost due to actions of other people.

  • Consistency

    In other news, some one died from drowning in a swimming pool, some one died from a drunk driver, some one died from overdosing on pharmaceuticals, some one died from cancer caused by approved FDA food ingredients, some one died from falling. Preventable accidents that cause the loss of life happen every single day, yet you only report on those that coincide with your political agenda.

    Why does your compassion for the loss of life start and stop at your political agenda?

    • That Guy

      That’s a mindless analogy. And you might have noticed that this is a political website.

    • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla

      Yes, all are preventable but leaving a loaded firearm where a toddler can reach it is not careless it’s gross negligence. In KS they passed a law they provided jail time if a Pediatrician even asks how firearms are stored in the home. But Dad left his gun out, that’s an accident, no jail time for him. Please.

    • GooeyGomer

      Here’s the difference – all those things mentioned have uses for everyday living and are not wholly and solely manufactured for causing injury to others. It’s a stupid and over-used line of reason. In the state where I live, it’s illegal to own brass knuckles and switchblades, and you know why? Because the only reason those things are manufactured is to cause harm to another. They have no legitimate use in society. The same applies to guns, save for those used in hunting. Guns, however, have the NRA lobby to protect them from being deemed illegal, unlike brass knuckles and switchblades.

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