Florida boy, 10, dies after being shot with BB gun
A Florida boy who was accidentally shot in the head by his teen brother with a BB gun last week died Wednesday night from his injuries, MyFoxOrlando.com reported.
Investigators told the station that the boys were recently given Daisy Powerline 880S BB guns. They were firing at targets when Skyler Richardson's 13-year-old brother accidentally shot him at close range.The brother claims it was an accident; I suspect it was more like horseplay that went wrong. I know among certain groups (ahem) it was fashionable to use BB guns as a sort of proto paintball gun back when I was a youth; the pump action guns at one pump (and ONLY one pump) would produce a nice stinging welt but would not tear one's jeans. Woe betide the youth who pumped more than one time and broke the skin. Not that I would participate in that, of course, but I heard about other boys who might have...
Regardless, I'm certain that he didn't mean to kill his brother. I suspect he hadn't been taught the four rules, nor given proper instruction in the use of a BB gun. Treated properly, BB guns are hours and hours of fun for literally pennies - even today you can pick up a large container of BBs for pennies (6K BBs for under $10). Any .22LR steel target will work great with a .177 caliber BB (although, of course, be sure to wear eye protection and be aware of your backstop), and the array of pellet guns out there varies from the Crosman 760 that I had growing up to 1200+ FPS rifles capable of impressive accuracy.
But they are not toys.
If you purchase one for your child, good for you. If you purchase one for your child and then do not provide any more supervision than a Nerf gun, not so good. It is very hard to do significant damage with a BB gun - but as this story sadly shows, it is not impossible. I'm sure that these parents didn't realize the danger - that there even was a danger - until it had already happened. TheBoy has had a BB gun since he was 7 years old. He's welcome to shoot it any time he wants - but either the Mrs. or I need to be present (quite often I'll join him). Accidents can and do happen, and sometimes, even that one-in-a-million accident happens.
I don't mean to bash the family, far from it. This is a terrible tragedy, one I'm certain they never envisioned, but one that was entirely avoidable. We normally associate BB guns with "you'll shoot your eye out" from A Christmas Story, and in the huge majority of cases that's the worst thing that could happen. I'm sure no one expected one of the boys to be grievously injured from a BB gun; my intent for this post was to remind folks that even the seemingly innocuous BB gun can be deadly.
We disregard the four rules - even with air-powered arms - at our own grave peril.
That is all.