gun violence

Two Year Old Accidentally Shot to Death By Her Brother

May 1, 2013

The Cumberland County Coroner says the toddler was shot and killed by her five year old brother who was playing with a rifle he received as a gift.

Kentucky State Police say the girl was shot just after 1:00 pm Tuesday and was taken to Cumberland County Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Coroner Gary White said the children's mother was home at the time of the shooting.

White said the boy received the rifle made for youths last year and is used to shooting it. he said the gun was kept in a corner and the family didn't realize a shell was left inside it. White said the shooting will be ruled accidental. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Kentucky second district Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie says he thinks preventing other tragedies like the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut can best be accomplished by focusing on mental health issues. The Bowling Green Republican favors that approach instead of what he calls "infringing on the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens."

Guthrie's House Committee on Education and the Workforce will be looking into school safety and he says he plans to get input from Kentucky education officials.

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth, on the other hand, says he fully supports all of President Obama's proposals to end gun violence. The only Democrat in Kentucky's Congressional delegation is co-sponsoring a bill to ban high capacity gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.