Hit in the chest by a bullet, the minor did not resist the injury. He was celebrating his third birthday with his family and friends, when the adults at the party heard a gunshot while playing cards.
According to investigators, the weapon – a pistol – fell from the pocket of one of the child’s relatives. The boy then found the object and ended up shooting. He was taken to a fire station, but died on the spot.
The local sheriff did not say whether he opened an investigation. “Our thoughts and prayers to family and friends affected by this tragic accident,” he said in a statement.
Accidents of this type have increased since the closure of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, warned the organization Moms Demand Action, which fights the proliferation of weapons in the United States. One third of adults in the country own at least one firearm.
“It is more important than ever to have a safe storage location,” said Christine Parker, the organization’s representative in Texas.
Ownership and possession of weapons in the United States are still an issue that divides public opinion, and the issue comes up again when there is a similar accident or mass murder in the country.
Some politicians, mainly from the Democratic Party, call for tougher access laws, while libertarians and conservatives, many in the Republican Party, defend the right to arms based on the Second Amendment to the American Constitution.
In January, a demonstration brought together thousands of pro-gun activists in Virginia, a state where lawmakers proposed projects to make access to firearms more difficult.
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