A 5-Year-Old Shot And Killed His 2-Year-Old Sister Using A "My First Rifle"

A little boy in Kentucky was playing with a rifle made for children when it went off by accident. This is a heartbreaking story.

1. According to, a 5-year-old boy in Cumberland County, Kentucky was playing with his .22-caliber rifle when it accidentally went off, hitting his 2-year-old sister.

2. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

3. The rifle was a Crickett brand “My First Rifle,” which are marketed to children.

4. You can buy them at a variety of places, including Walmart.

5. Many are obviously upset over Crickett marketing their guns to extremely young children.

#disgusting #Crickett— Matthias

From the gun manufacturer Crickett's website. Kids' corner. (via @agrajagthetesty)

— Louise Brealey (@louisebrealey)

From the gun manufacturer Crickett’s website. Kids’ corner. (via @agrajagthetesty)— Louise Brealey

7. Their site not only features a “kids corner,” with a photo gallery of children shooting rifles…

8. …But they also sell children’s books about guns and hunting culture.

9. Here is a review done by “Haus Of Guns,” featuring a little girl using a bright pink Crickett-brand .22-caliber gun.

10. According to the family, the tragic shooting happened because they did not know there was still a shell in the gun.

11. The local coroner told reporters the incident was “just one of those crazy accidents.”


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