A 4-year-old boy is dead after accidentally shooting himself with a privately owned firearm that he found in his Bethel State Trooper Housing home in Alaska.
Bethel police and medics were called to State Trooper housing at about 6:30 p.m. Monday following reports of a child being injured.
Investigators with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation from Anchorage arrived in Bethel Tuesday.
“Investigation revealed that William Anderson, age 4, was playing by himself in the family living room when he obtained a privately owned firearm and subsequently suffered a fatal gunshot wound,” troopers wrote.
Trooper spokesman Tim Despain told Channel 2 News that the boy’s father is an Alaska State Trooper who was not at home at the time of the shooting. The handgun was owned by the Anderson family.
At the time of the child’s shooting death two adults and two children were present in the home.
Obviously, someone allowed a child to have access to a loaded handgun but the comments under the article at KTUU highlight part of the problem America faces with so many child shootings.
Rivka Zorea writes, “So sad. preventable tragic accident. Keep guns locked and unloaded!”
While that’s good advice, Joshua Meyers responds, “Please remove your comment, the family hasn’t even buried their child yet. I know them personally and you can’t understand the pain they are in without comments like yours.”
Lynn Seifert writes, “This is so sad,” and asks “How did this little guy get to a gun?”
Serenity Grunzke responds, ” I’d like to say that I am part of this family and more details will be released soon but this was in no way the fathers or families fault.”
Joshua Meyers responds again, “I understand your concerns but your comment is poorly thought out. Please understand the family hasn’t even buried their sweet boy and they don’t need these kinds of comments making it that much more painful for them. I know them personally, this sweet boy has played in my home on more than a few occasions.”
The gun belonged to a family member though so it’s either gun’s fault, the child’s or the gun owner’s.
Whoever owns a gun that a child gets their hands on, should be held accountable, yet because the family is grieving due to negligence of one of their own, that’s rarely done.
Another commenter writes, in part, “God is in charge, and when he wants someone to come home he will ALLOW (not necessarily arrange) the circumstances at hand to facilitate the crossing over.”
This is why we can’t have nice things. A child died and people are worried about the gun owner’s feelings.
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