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By Karl Gehring, Nick Krug, Janet Reid
· October 10, 2008
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Last February, Katherine Cook's life came to a halt when a bullet pierced her head. It was a freak accident that remains unsolved. What continues is the journey of a remarkable recovery.
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When I was a child, still able to count my age on two hands, my father bought my brother and me a pair of Crossman (pump) BB "rifles." We shot up the included targets. We shot at cans... bottles... trees. One afternoon, I placed a bird in my sights, pulled the trigger, and watched it fall onto the ground.In a heartbeat, or the stilling thereof, I outgrew guns. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl7zhNTLM6A
The format of this story is incredible - as is the story itself.My heart goes out to Katherine and her family and I wish them continued progress in her recovery.
way to support this little girl.........idiots
There is no question in my mind that this youngster is receiving support of the first order. And, for as tragic as this event was, let us hope that her young age will play favorably in her ongoing recovery.
"Guns don't kill, PEOPLE kill" - this is so very true! But you allow everyone without a felony conviction the right to purchase and own a firearm with ANY form of required training and what can you expect?? Many states that refuse motorcycle licenses until a motorcycle training class has been taken(and in most cases a practical and written test passed), allow anyone over the age of 18 and no felony record to purchase a firearm. A firearm is SO much more dangerous than a motorcycle, yet they are comparatively easy to buy. I am NOT someone who wishes to remove this right from the Bill of Rights, neither am I a gun-nut. I am someone that wishes this government would attempt to apply a little more common sense in how it allows people to be able to own a firearm. If I were to go to a gun show in certain states, as a legal citizen of the U.S., I could purchase a rifle, shotgun, or a handgun with little more than a state drivers license and a SSN. Worse even: I could do so for cash - thus leaving no easy immediate way to track me down should my IDs prove to be fake...
My heart goes out to the young girl, and I hope she has a long and loving life. I truly hope that the person(s) responsible for this are found or (better yet) come forward. Sorry for the rant, but this really hit a nerve. I have been invited to many hunting grounds/ groups only to find it an excuse to to get away from the wife, drink beer, and shoot a gun at something. People like this really ?!$$ me off, and are 90% of the problems involving gun accidents.
Oh, so sad: There are quite simply too many people who can read, and write, and yet they can't quite put a coherent thought together.I agree with DonQuiPunch. (Love the name, by the way... you must have incredible dreams about windmills and sexually inappropriate acts of violence!) You can make as many laws as you want to protect people, and they will still and always find a way to make the most benign thing a weapon. (A Barbie doll leg could easily stab a human eyeball out; a car will still lose its brakes and careen into the unsuspecting passerby...)To blame a gun is foolish, Tangential Reasoner, and perhaps your reasoning, tangential or no, is slightly askew.I agree with the sentiments of FMT6488: what training is there for a new gun owner?We make driver's ed and sex ed requirements in modern school, but not hunter's safety or firearms safety? What gives? Is this not the US of A? Is this not a gun-toting populous? Firearms are as prevelant and accessible here in the States as they are anywhere, so why not make education on them mandatory?I'm not suggesting we make a person take a test to get a gun... but some education issued at an early age may enlighten those who would otherwise harm others.And let's face it, Judgesmails: was this article solely about the little girl, or does it point to the larger issue of the need for firearms safety and accountability? Your haste in emotional exacerbation makes any point you wanted to make much less significant. Your heart feels more than your mind thinks, I fear.Now, if you don't mind, my wife is bothering me. Makes me want to drink something fierce, and go kill something on its own turf.I wonder what you guys'd think about factory farming? FMT6488 is either a vegetarian or a hypocrite.
When I turned 16 my Dad made me take hunter's saftey at the fop lodge. My dad is a big time hunter and i have been going with him since I was about 7. Hunter Saftey is really a great class even if you do not hunt. Just knowing how to properly oporate a gun can do wonders.
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