A 3 year old girl shoots herself. Death blamed on a Wiimote/gun mix up.
Three-year-old Cheyenne Alexis McKeehan shot herself in the abdomen with the family’s handgun at their home in the rural Norene community, Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said.
Ashe said the girl’s stepfather had taken out his gun to try to frighten off dogs that had been hanging around the home.
The child had been playing a Nintendo Wii video game, Ashe said. The game’s controller was shaped like a gun that looked very similar to the real handgun, which her stepfather had put on a table in the living room. Ashe said the girl pulled the gun off the table and it went off.
Let's read this SLOWLY. The stepfather had a gun which he left in the living room. (where a 3 year old child could reach.) I mean COME ON!! How can you blame the Wii in here.
Douglas Cronberger usually kept his gun unloaded and in a cabinet. However, on Saturday night, Cronberger got out his gun, loaded it and went outside to look for what he thought was a prowler. When he came back inside, he put the gun on an end table in the living room and forgot about it, according to a Sheriff's Department statement.
The statement also said Cheyenne learned how to use a gun from playing a Nintendo Wii game for days.
BTW, the real gun is the one with the Plastic Strap "locking" it.
Link to a distributor of a third party lightgun adapter for the Wiimote that "resembles" a real gun.
What I don't like about this is the spin that the Wii has some blame in it.
THE Wii CANNOT BE BLAMED FOR THIS. The Chinese company that makes these third party accessories is not to blame. The blame lies solely in the irresponsible gun owner.
It doesn't matter if the kid used the Wii, or that the controller looked like a real gun. The fact of the matter is that this person left a gun where a child could reach it and forgot about it...
I thought that one of the rules for safe gun handling was NEVER LEAVE A LOADED WEAPON WHERE OTHER PEOPLE COULD GET THEM.
I fear that now Some People are going to use this in one of their "Videogames are EVIL!!" Crusade.
The Law should not go easy on this guy. His negligence killed a child. It's almost as if he pointed the gun at the kid and shot her. I know that nobody is parfect and that everybody makes mistakes... But this type of mistake is UNFORGIVABLE. A child died because of this guy's mistake.
Fooling around with guns only gets people hurt or killed.
Like This guy. Good thing he's an expert and follows the rules so no one gets hurt.