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Redmond girl, 8, recovering from gunshot wound; owner of unsecured gun charged

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Police offer free gun locks, teach kids what to do if they find a gun

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – An 8-year-old Redmond girl shot with an unsecured handgun by a younger sibling earlier this week is recovering and back home, while a man living there was charged with child neglect and recklessly endangering, police said Thursday.

Police and fire medics rushed around 3:30 p.m. Monday to a home in the 2300 block of Southwest 20th Court on reports of the child being shot. Police Lt. Jesse Petersen said.

Police learned the loaded, unsecured handgun had been accessed by a younger sibling. The girl who was shot sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to St. Charles Bend. She has since recovered and is now with her father, Petersen said.

The gun owner, a 40-year-old Redmond man living in the children’s home but not related to either child, was at the home when the shooting occurred, the lieutenant said.

The man was arrested on Tuesday and issued citations for second-degree child neglect and recklessly endangering another person.  He was not lodged at the Deschutes County Jail in Bend due to current COVID-19-related restrictions, Petersen said.

The incident is being investigated by police in collaboration with state Child Protective Services and will be referred to the district attorney’s office for further charging decisions, Petersen said.

Gun owners are responsible for ensuring guns are stored where they are inaccessible to children or other unauthorized persons, Petersen said.

If you are in need of a gun lock, the Redmond Police Department has free gun locks provided by Project Child Safe. They can be contacted through the dispatch non-emergency number, 541-693-6911.  Further information about firearm safety can be found on their website at https://projectchildsafe.org/.  

Redmond police also utilize the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program to help teach pre-kindergarten through fourth-graders on what to do if they come across a gun.  The general message taught to kids is: Stop; Don’t Touch; Run Away; and Tell a Grown-Up. 

More information about child gun safety can be located on the Eddie the Eagle website, https://eddieeagle.nra.org/.  

A kid-friendly gun safety video by Eddie Eagle can be located at http://www.eddieeagle.com/#/ .  For more information about gun safety, contact Lt. Petersen at 541-504-3473. 

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    1. AS a gun owner and someone who has raised a passel of kids, I would need more information than what this article provides to decide if I support these charges or not.

        1. I am/was a responsible parent who started teaching the kids safety and responsibility from the time they first became mobile in all aspects of life. Guns – they were shooting before they got into grade school and understood the danger. Also as a responsible parent who understands that all kids will push their limits, any and all weapons (not all weapons are guns, gasp) were secured adequately – and no gun safe in those days, couldn’t afford one then. The really stupid part of some of these discussions is that so many seem to think parents don’t care if their child gets hurt.

  1. A firearm needed for home defense in a ‘safe” isn’t that at all.
    The time needed to unlock the weapon, load the magazine,load the weapon will get you killed.
    You might as well just call the police, who are but a 15-20 minutes away.
    You are dead by then and your attacker can be 25 miles away before help comes.
    I have a rifle above the back door to defend my livestock and such. It being in a ‘safe’ would be useless when it is needed.
    A gum is a tool like a hammer or a computer or a whisk.
    Any such tool locked away would be as useless when needed.
    Children need firearm education to be safe, not regulation.
    My kids never touch my firearms, it is forbidden. They know much better but are able to shoot them if the need arises. Education.
    Tools are just that. I have hurt myself more with a framing hammer in my life than any firearm, 0 for guns, at least 20 times for the hammer, dammit.
    It serves a function, it isn’t evil, it is a useful tool for ranchers.

    1. Yes but with small children around an unsecured firearm is not responsible. If you understood the dynamics in this case you would not say that the children just need more education. It would not have helped here.

        1. In an abstract sense, of course, Redmond can’t be “certain,” but reading between the lines, I think he’s suggesting that sometimes the situation where there’s a “man living in the children’s home but not related to either child” means there hasn’t been a life-long opportunity to drill the children on the topic of gun safety. More broadly, though, the problem with your response and approach is that it allows you to conclude that any time an incident like this occurs, it was “just” a case of inadequate education (without knowing how much education there was). I would suggest you at least consider turning it around and thinking that perhaps you got somewhat lucky with your own kids. While your educational efforts probably did improve the odds, maybe you just happened to avoid the situation where a friend was able to talk them into breaking the rules, or whatever. I believe nearly all people who own firearms intend to protect their kids from their potential dangers, but sometimes, clearly, kids do get hurt. The response that “they just needed more education” doesn’t hold water, in my opinion (although I think that talking to them about it is generally going to help).

    2. This is absolutely wrong. There are numerous quick access gun safes that require a quick 4 digit pin and the door snaps open. Besides the normal pistol on the night stand, you should also keep a pistol in a quick access safe in the kitchen or livingroom or wherever you and the wife spend your day so you don’t have to sprint upstairs to get to your equalizer during a daytime break-in. Kids are kids, and it’s good to educate them, but YOU ARE THE ADULT WHO IS LEGALY RESPONSIBLE for your firearm and every single round that leaves the barrel, and if you can’t own that responsibility then you have no business owning a firearm.

    3. BS educated kids do not have the judgment to retain the “education” and injuries or death occur regularly. wear the damn gun on your body, don’t leave it lay around where kids can access. If you think you can trust an “educated” kid when a gun is laying around you are part of the problem.

    1. That’s true. I don’t understand why someone would leave a loaded gun accessible
      when there are young kids in the house…
      Granted the details are few but realistically there is no way to justify leaving
      a loaded gun within reach of a child…

      We started teaching our kids gun safety when they were very young. We discussed
      the subject regularly to make sure it stayed fresh in their minds, and so they
      truly understood. When they got a little older we started teaching them proper
      gun handling, safety, and how to shoot. I feel safer shooting with them than I do
      a lot of adults…

      Our youngest is 23 years old, and our other two kids are both in their early 30’s, and each of them have told us several times over the years that they still remember our discussions about gun safety when they were young…

  2. I wonder how many of these people complaining about the unsecured gun leave their car keys laying around where a child can get to them? Or cigarettes? Or booze? Or drugs, recreational and otherwise? Oh, their kids are too smart for that so no, they do not secure them.

    1. Mr. 8, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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