11-Year-Old Girl Shoots Sister in Head While Playing 'CSI'

csi miamiI often wonder what kind of parent I'll be when I have children who are around the ages of 11 and 14. Will I be strict? Will I be lenient? Will I, perhaps, be "the cool mom"? There's really no knowing, as, well, I don't have children who are around the ages of 11 and 14. But one thing's for certain. I definitely won't let them stay up to watch gory 10 p.m. shows like CSI, and I definitely won't keep a gun -- especially a loaded gun -- in the house. Because that would not make for a happy ending. And here's proof.

A 14-year-old girl was hospitalized on Saturday after her younger sister, 11, shot her in the head while "playing CSI" at their home in Logansport, Indiana. According to conservation officer Brenda Louthain, who investigated the incident, "The 14-year-old has shot pellets in the head area from a 20-gauge shotgun," adding that the shot traveled through a door jamb before striking the girl. Neither parent was home at the time. 

Annnd I rest my case.

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Never mind the whole "letting your kids watch TV late at night" thing. Truth be told, when it comes to that, when there's a will, there's a way. I mean, I don't think one should condone it -- I know I won't -- but there's always the Internet. And there's a ton of violent crap on there. But guns in the house. Oh, could there possibly be a worse idea out there?

See, Indiana is a "shall issue" gun state, which means that residents over the age of 18 are able to apply for both an open or concealed weapon. Last year, there were 209 total murders that involved firearms. And in 2011, there was an 11-year-old girl who shot her sister in the head. One would think it's time to reconsider the law.

But, if they don't -- and chances are they won't -- I would hope that parents can somehow find a better way of hiding their weapons. You know, so their daughters won't be able to play CSI with them. 

Do you think this could have been prevented? Do you think parents should keep guns in the house?

 

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