Same as it ever was
❝The 3-year-old was sitting on a stool behind the counter near the cash register while his father, the owner of a small convenience store in North Carolina, chatted with a customer on Sunday.
Suddenly a shot rang out, and the owner, Manal Abdelaziz, 56, turned and saw his son, Manal, lying on the floor.
❝Manal, who was nicknamed Cash, had found a 9-millimeter handgun that was kept in the store for protection, and fatally shot himself.
“All we heard is something happening, and I look: Oh my God, my son is on the floor,” Mr. Abdelaziz told a local television station, WMBF. They called 911. “Help comes, but it was late,” the store owner said. “It happened quick…”
❝The shooting took place at the Brother’s Minit Store in Lumberton, N.C., a small city of more than 21,000 people about 95 miles south of Raleigh. Brother’s Minit is the kind of store where customers are known by name and can stop in for everything from cellphone covers to tobacco and snacks.
But the events that unfolded there just before 11 a.m. Sunday touched a nerve far beyond the region, reflecting a growing concern around the country about gun violence, particularly involving children. Many of the shootings happen when young people pick up and play with guns they find in stores, cars or residences…
❝The Trace, a website that compiles national statistics in its Gun Violence Archive, said there were 692 incidents of children age 11 years or younger killed or injured by gunfire in 2015, up from 628 in 2014.<
RTFA for the sad comments we know too well. All part of a culture that considers the anarchy of self-righteousness more important than the safety of children.