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4-year-old Ottawa boy injured in shooting

January 4, 2013

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A 4-year-old Ottawa boy was injured in an accidental shooting Friday afternoon and transported to a Kansas City-area hospital.

Ottawa police and deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department responded to the shooting in the 1100 block of North Oak Street about 12:30 p.m., where they found a the boy suffering from a single gunshot wound to one of his legs. The boy was treated by the Ottawa Fire Department and Franklin County Ambulance Service at the scene and he was transported by ambulance to Children's Mercy Hospital.

Capt. Adam Weingartner, a spokesman for the Ottawa Police Department, said the boy's injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.

Police recovered a handgun and arrested a 39-year-old Ottawa man on suspicion of aggravated endangerment of a child, and criminal discharge of a firearm. Brian Keith Bruno is currently in custody at the Franklin County Adult Detention Center in Ottawa.

Weingartner said Bruno was not one of the boy's parents, but did live in the same home. The boy's mother was aware of the accident, Weingartner said. In addition to Bruno and the injured boy, two adults and two children also were in the residence when the gun was fired. No one else was injured.

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kawrivercrow 1 year, 3 months ago

Other news sources are saying the boyfriend was showing a handgun to a visitor. He thought it was unloaded. He was wrong.

IF he deliberately dry-fired a gun inside a house (with or without children present), I support a mandatory, short prison sentence. I've been handling firearms since I was around 9 yrs old. I learned early on a number of principles this man failed to adhere to**. Stupidity has a price that needs to paid, if only as cautionary tale to other stupid people.

If he didn't dry-fire it, I would consider reassessing the penalty in a more forgiving light.

** treat all guns as loaded, never dry fire, never let barrel end up pointing at another human being, etc.

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Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 3 months ago

Is there someplace where I can find statistics about how many NRA Members have College educations or even High School Diplomas?

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Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 3 months ago

So please tell me again how GUNS don't HURT people. People HURT people, right?

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newtongirl 1 year, 3 months ago

Stats like this mean nothing to your household. I'm sure a lot of these households with guns in them that are 8x more likely to lose children also have health insurance, live in low crime neighborhoods, and use proper seat belts...or do we now know that? Is it causation or correlation?

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In_God_we_trust 1 year, 3 months ago

Firearm safety is important. If you clean a gun, always make sure it is unloaded and that the chamber is unloaded too. Then, never point a gun at anyone, unless you intend to use it for self defense. Teach your kids how to safely use a gun and care for one and how to respect the power of a gun, by storing it safely. ( When the young adult is responsible enough to learn). Four years old is far too young. Electricity is similar to a gun. If you don't learn to respect the power of it, it can hurt you. Or it can light a room or cook your food if respected and properly used.

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 3 months ago

""You are 8 times more likely to lose a child or be seriously injured when there is a gun in the home.The NRA won't give you that statistic"""----, because it is not true there granny. Me thinks it's something like------ just inter any number you like like granny did.

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Celeste 1 year, 3 months ago

Yeah, that one was in the national news. Huff Post covered it. Good try though.

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Armstrong 1 year, 3 months ago

Deaths when police need to respond to a mass shooting 18.2

Deaths when a liscenced conceal and carry responds at a mass shooting 2.4

You do the math

Noticed LJW has yet to run the story of the OFF DUTY officer who shot and killed an armed gunman in a movie theater last week. No dead except for the gunman

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AlexFenton2 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm glad:

That the boy was not badly hurt.

and

That the NRA will not be calling for an armed police officer in every house to help prevent similar situations.

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biggunz 1 year, 3 months ago

Grammaddy, do you have a source to back up your ridiculous statistics or do you just expect everyone to take your word for it?

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Haiku_Cuckoo 1 year, 3 months ago

One of these items is banned in the US due to its dangerous nature. Can you guess which?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sc_7FoZgdHE/UNEXbp13TEI/AAAAAAAAJVU/gjrSvzXhJ0Y/s1600/jarts.jpg

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Katara 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank goodness the 4 year old will be okay.

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KansasLiberal 1 year, 3 months ago

More guns! All 4 year-olds should be packing heat! Guns, guns, guns!!!

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Bill Lee 1 year, 3 months ago

Handguns are designed for one purpose...shooting people. Target practice is only means of getting better at it.

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newtongirl 1 year, 3 months ago

If it wasn't a case of improper storage, then it's a case of improper handling. The story is implying the child was shot in the home, and there's no reason a firearm should have been going off in the home (barring an intruder). If the gun were being cleaned, there's no reason it would've been loaded. So someone (maybe a teen sibling, babysitter, or other visitor?) was handling a loaded weapon stupidly enough for it to go off and most (most) gun owners know how to operate their own gun enough to not accidentally discharge it indoors. Which brings us back to a likely improper storage incident that gave an unauthorized person access to the gun.

If it was the gun owner who discharged it, it's still improper storage - the gun should still be in the store.

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KSManimal 1 year, 3 months ago

If you have a gun AND a backyard swimming pool, your kid is over 50 times more likely to drown than to die from accidental shooting.

Source: http://www.m1-garand-rifle.com/firearms-versus-swimming-pools.php

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grammaddy 1 year, 3 months ago

You are 8 times more likely to lose a child or be seriously injured when there is a gun in the home.The NRA won't give you that statistic.

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biggunz 1 year, 3 months ago

Who says this had anything to do with firearms not being properly locked up? The story doesn't say the kid picked up a gun and shot himself.

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consumer1 1 year, 3 months ago

Okay Gun controll nuts your turn to blather on about your cause.

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Currahee 1 year, 3 months ago

Why can't people lock up firearms properly?

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