11-Year-Old Kills 8-Year-Old Girl With Dad's Shotgun After Arguing Over a Puppy

McKayla DyerAn 8-year-old Tennesse girl is dead after allegedly being shot in the chest by her 11-year-old neighbor. The 11-year-old, whose name has not been released, has been arrested on first-degree murder charges. According to witness, the boy killed McKayla Dyer because she wouldn't let him see her puppy.

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But let's be honest about what really happened. McKayla Dyer, a third grader, was killed because her neighbor, an 11-year-old child, had access to a gun.

After McKayla said she didn't want to let the boy, who allegedly had a history of bullying behavior, play with her dog, he went into his home, found his father's 12-gauge shotgun, and shot McKayla from inside his own home.

It is hard not to think that without access to that gun, McKayla would still be alive today, that her mother wouldn't be grieving the loss of her precious "mommy's girl."

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Tragically, a child dying at the hand of another child due to the presence of a gun is more common than we might realize. There is the story of 11-year-old Cassie Culpepper in Georgia who was accidentally killed by her 12-year old brother. Or the 11-year-old in Houston killed by a 15-year-old playing with a Glock pistol he found while looking for snacks.

While we read this story and feel grief for the family of McKayla Dyer, let's not forget that we live in a country where gun injuries are the second leading cause of death among American children. Sadly, McKayla is just one of the average 20 children A DAY that is injured or killed by a firearm.

I doubt her mother will be comforted to know that she has company in her grief.

 

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