Five-year-old Boy Fatally Shoots 2-year-old Sister

Five-year-old Boy Fatally Shoots 2-year-old SisterA Kentucky mother stepped outside of her home just for a few minutes, but it was long enough for her 5-year-old son to accidentally shoot and kill his 2-year-old sister with the .22-caliber rifle he got for his birthday, state officials said.

‘Guns at an early age’

The shooting in southern Kentucky has been ruled an accident, Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Gregory said. Young children in the area are often introduced to guns at an early age, Gregory said.

On Wednesday, state police were still investigating toddler Caroline Sparks’ death, CNN affiliate WLEX reported. Her family kept the Crickett rifle in what they considered to be a safe spot, Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told the CNN affiliate. The boy was playing with it Tuesday when it accidentally went off and killed his sister, White said.


‘Rifle models for kids’

The Crickett website features three .22-caliber rifle models for kids, with shoulder stock colors ranging from pink to red, white and blue swirls. “My first rifle” is the company’s slogan. Family members Wednesday described the shooting as an accident.

Caroline Sparks’ death comes after two other incidents in recent months involving young children shooting others. In early April, a 4-year-old boy in Tennessee shot and killed a 48-year-old woman, and just days later, 6-year-old Brandon Holt was killed in New Jersey after being shot in the head by his 4-year-old playmate.

Were the parents at fault in the fatal shooting accident? How young is “too young” when it comes to handling firearms?

Source: Leigh Remizowski, CNN

Image: RT

Military Wives Strip Down To Campaign For PTSD Awareness

Ashley Wise’s husband Rob is about as tough as they come. The career soldier spent 8 years in the Marines before joining the Army after 9/11 and serving on two tours of duty in Iraq, but in April this year, he hit a wall. He locked himself in a hotel room with guns and alcohol and told his wife “he might do something stupid.”

Thankfully, he came back home alive. Ashley reached out to the Family Advocacy Service at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where they are currently stationed, and discovered that, like many other soldiers who are suffering from mental anguish or who might have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), finding the help he needed without putting his career in jeopardy would be a struggle.


Wise told a girlfriend, “I want to streak across the 101st command building, because then maybe the general or someone would listen to what I’m saying.” Instead she grabbed an eyeliner pencil and had her friend write these words on her back:

“Broken by battle, Wounded by war,

I love you forever, To you this I swore:

I will quiet your silent screams, Help heal your shattered soul

Until once again, my love, you are whole.”

Wise posted a picture of her naked back on Facebook, invited other military wives to share images of themselves, and the organization Battling Bare was born. Now, just two months later, Wise is working with seven other military wives to launch a non-profit organization to raise awareness about PTSD and the impact it has on spouses and children. In three years, they aim to have a chapter in every state in place to support military families and hold workshops based on a model developed by Operation Restored Warrior.

Do you know someone who suffers from PTSD? What do you think of Battling Bare’s campaign for awareness?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: The Daily Mail