One week ago, a 3-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was shot in the leg by a shotgun. The shooter? His two-year-old cousin.
Clearly, it doesn’t make sense to charge a toddler with a shooting, so the Baltimore Police turned their attention to the people who ostensibly were in charge of the guns and the children in the house. Three adults have now been charged with reckless endangerment, possession of an unregistered shotgun, leaving firearms accessible to minors, and other charges, according to the Baltimore Sun.
“When one child shoots another, it was because an adult was negligent, and that adult needs to be held accountable,”Jennifer Stapleton of the Maryland chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America told the Sun. “With rights comes responsibilities, and when it come to kids and guns, the onus is always on the adults to be the responsible one.”
A number of states (including gun-loving Texas!) have passed laws that allow adults to be charged with reckless endangerment if children under 16 gain access to unsecured firearms. Maryland law doesn’t make this definition of reckless endangerment explicit, but there is plenty of precedent for these kinds of charges in the state.
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