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On prosecuting gun-owning parents when children accidentally shoot and kill




A boy under his parents' supervision, aims a shotgun.
A boy under his parents' supervision, aims a shotgun.
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In Arkansas this November, within about a week of each other, two unintentional self-inflicted firearm deaths occurred at the hands of a two and six year old.

Six-year-old Eron Burks found a loaded gun on the floor of the car his aunt was driving and shot himself in the face. His aunt has been charged with manslaughter.

A 2-year-old got his hands on a gun in his uncle’s home and shot himself in the head. His parents have been charged with manslaughter.

However, in South Carolina, a 24 year-old great aunt was charged with unlawfully carrying a pistol when her nephew shot his grandmother, not fatally, in the back after finding a gun in the pocket of the passenger seat in the car they were all driving in.

Guests:

Michael Gmoser, the prosecutor for Butler County, Ohio

Adam Winkler, Professor of Law at UCLA. He tweets at @AdamWinkler

Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Legal Editor for Slate