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Posted on 01/21/2012 5:23:08 AM PST by KeyLargo
Girl, 6, dies after being shot with pellet gun in Georgia
Published January 21, 2012 | FoxNews.com
A six-year-old girl died Friday afternoon after being accidentally shot in the throat with a pellet gun at her home in Peachtree City, Ga.
Peachtree City police responded to the incident with fire and rescue crews shortly after noon local time and paramedics treated the unconscious girl at the scene.
She was rushed to Piedmont Fayette Hospital in nearby Fayetteville, roughly 30 miles south of Atlanta, where she later died.
Police said they were not planning on releasing details about who shot the girl.
"There'll be no charges, it's just a very tragic accident," said Peachtree Police Department Captain Rosanna Dove,
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Few people are aware that pellet gun wounds can be fatal to people under certain circumstances and conditions.
It doesn’t matter what kind of gun, the rules still apply. Young as well as old need to know the rules from the earliest they are able to understand.
ping to show my kids later.
Where are those people who said it was wrong to shoot that kid brandishing a pellet gun?
RIP. Someone just became the family leper.
One of the soft drink cans after being shot.
The Colt Government 1911 A1 CO2 Pistol is a dead ringer for its firearm big brother.
We started horsing around with it. He grabbed the muzzle and pulled it towards him in an attempt to take it from me. “PFFT...CRACK!” It discharged a .177 lead pellet into his abdomen. As we both stood there in shock, blood began to seep through the hole in his shirt.
Nearly a half century later, whenever old “Two-Navels” and I get together, we still wonder how an unloaded, and unprimed air rifle managed to do what it did that day. I'd say someone taught us a lesson. Air guns are not toys, and there's no such thing as an unloaded gun.
Air Gun Safety Reminders
Eagle GunSafe Program Reaches 25 Millionth Child
As the holidays approach, many youngsters are eagerly looking forward to receiving their first BB gun or pellet gun as a present. More than 3 million non-powder guns are sold annually, and these guns are extremely useful in teaching young people the principles of gun safety. NRA also reminds parents that these guns must be handled according to exactly the same safety rules as powder firearms. BB guns and pellet guns are not toys, and youngsters using them require training and parental supervision.
The most important safety rules to follow are:
Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Be sure of your target and what is beyond.
Eye protection must be worn by shooters and spectators
Thanks I knew someone would come through. Below are two of my favorites.
Consider ANY gun loaded until personally verifying it isn’t.
Never point a gun at anyone or anything you do not intend to destroy.
What a tragedy. All devices that propel objects under force can be deadly, and they are all always loaded.
Same thing happened here in Raleigh less than a year ago. Grandfather had just been “shooting squirrels”.
And then elsewhere in NC shortly after. 7 year old got the gun as a “Christmas present” and let his 4 year old brother use it while shooting cans.
Apparently the gun had been returned to the store by a previous owner and was put back on the shelf without anyone checking to see if it still had a CO2 cylinder and BBs inside.
Almost a quarter of a century later, I still have the BB in my hand. The doctors say it isn't hurting anything and that it would do me more harm than good to remove it.
I gave my 8 year old a Soft Air Colt 1911 6-Inch Target Model Spring Powered Airsoft Pistol with Laser (Clear), good starter gun to teach gun safety and with a cool laser sight for 20 bucks.
Reports list it as a pellet rifle.
“A six year-old Peachtree City girl passed away Jan. 20 after receiving an injury to her throat by a pellet from a discharged pellet rifle.
Peachtree City Police spokesperson Rosanna Dove said city police officers and firefighters at approximately 12:26 p.m. responded to a residence on Teal Vista in the Planterra Ridge subdivision in reference a 6 year-old girl who had received an injury to her throat by a pellet that had been discharged from a pellet rifle. “
Back in the days when I supplemented my minimalist pay as a newspaper photog by doubling as a coroner's photographer, I'd amuse myself in the office on rainy days by going through the old records. One I found was a downright interesting listing of gunshot fatalities by caliber, and three were listed as *17* which covers 177 cal pellets and BBS, though there are a couple of pretty neat .17 caliber rifles available now. Nosing a bit further, I found that there were also three listed for .22 pellets as well.
That was not quite one such fatality, of which four were kids, per decade. And interestingly, only one involved an eye injury.