Hunting season is starting soon or has already started in North America. I believe we are shooting the ducks now in Minnesota. Hmmm. I wonder if this is the year we call the Sheriff to report the guys who hunt illegally in the marsh by the cabin. People are a bit more safety conscious with a toddler toddling around, even though he actually presents a very small target and the marsh is a bit far away for a shotgun blast to be much of a problem.
Anyway, people are already starting to drop, and there is some symmetry so far. In Indiana, 18 year old Eric Menefee blasted is father, Eric Sr. while hunting wabbits. Eric Jr got his shotgun (hunting rabbits with a shotgun? Seriously?) tangled up in the bushes and when he tried to pull the gun out “the gun discharged” and his father was shot in the back, dead at the scene. Meanwhile, in Idaho, 7 year a old boy was blasted by his dad, Robert Bartlett, who was stowing a loaded firearm in his truck (please don’t do that) when “the gun went off” mortally wounding the boy. Both of these were cases of people doing things wrong.
Also in idaho, a two year old shot his three year old brother to death. I’ve got no details on that one, but I doubt it was a hunting accident. Well, I suppose it could have been.
In Columbus, one guy shot his best friend to death “by accident” and is now being charged with the killing. There is no indication of exactly what happened other than that the “shotgun accidentally discharged” outside the house and the slain teen, inside the house, took the shot in the side. The four teens involved were not out hunting but it seems that they were getting their firarms ready for hunting.
The kid(s) who killed Conner feel very bad. They all do. The dads who shot their kids, the kids who shot their dads, the friends who shot each other. Surely, they’ve suffered enough.