Articles Posted in Gun & Firearm Safety and Injuries

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A 7-month-old baby was recently shot with an assault rifle while staying at a Super 8 Motel on Youngman Circle in Jacksonville, Florida. The gun accidentally went off around 3 a.m., grazing the infant’s chest and striking him in the arm. The boy’s parents, Justin Satterfield, 25, and Brandy Purvis, 24, were allegedly arguing over the AK-47 when it accidentally fired. Both parents have been taken into custody and charged with child abuse. Satterfield was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The baby boy was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. He was listed in serious but stable condition. If you would like to read more on this story please read Baby shot by assault rifle in Jacksonville, Florida hotel.

Both parents of this child are very fortunate the infant was not fatally injured. Having guns around children can be risky and highly dangerous. Also, in some instances it is illegal in the state of Florida for certain people to possess firearms, including but not limited to convicted felons and people with protective orders filed against them. If you do own a firearm, it is important to restrict a child’s access to the weapon, doing so is live saving.

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Ensuring student safety at schools is a very important matter. Unfortunately, there have been many incidents of students bringing firearms to elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges. Recently, a student at a high school in Utah pulled a firearm on another student, point the gun at the other student’s head and also aimed the weapon into a crowd of his peers.

Apparently the student got into an altercation before school with another student. After the fight, the student went back into the school and returned with the firearm. Luckily, a witness called the school’s weapons hotline, which responded before any shots were fired. The student with gun is 16-years-old and is being charged with two counts of aggravated assault. Two other teens may face charges of firearm violations due to their involvement in the incident. Students charged with a crime will be entitled to representation by a Utah criminal defense attorney or the public defender’s office. If you would like to read more on this story please see Student brings gun to school, threatens peers.

All of the students are very lucky as this incident could have been very deadly. Bringing a firearm to school is punishable at the school level and criminally. If you would like to read more on Florida law regarding firearms please see Florida Law Regarding Minors (Under the Age of 18) and Firearms.

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Two children of the Tampa-Bay area have sustained personal injuries in separate accidental shootings. In one of the accidental shootings, a 22-year-old man faces charges of aggravated child abuse after shooting a 20-month-old toddler. According to detectives, the man pointed his shotgun at the girl and pulled the trigger, not realizing there was still a round left in the gun. The toddler was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

In Clearwater, Florida a 6-year-old boy accidentally shot his 8-year-old brother. According to detectives, the father was showing the brothers some of his guns when the younger child grabbed a gun and pulled the trigger. The 8-year-old was hospitalized with a leg injuries. No charged were filed. If you would like to read more on this story please see Two children sustain personal injuries after accidental shootings, one man faces charges of aggravated child abuse.

It is important for parents and guardians to teach their child gun safety, especially if these weapons are kept within the home. Guns are dangerous and obviously deadly. Educating your children on the dangers and risks involved with playing and/or handling guns is critical in order to keep your child out of harm’s way. If you would like to read more information on gun safety for children and families please read Gun Ownership and Gun Safety – Rights and Responsibilities of Gun Ownership.

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In Hollywood, Florida, a 13 year old has died and a family and community are mourning his death. Police are investigating the incident to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding this most unfortunate and tragic end to a young boy’s life. Going from riding bikes around the neighborhood to death the next is certainly a difficult situation for any family to deal with. This incident shows the importance of gun safety and the necessity of securing guns that guns do not get into the hands of children and teens. It is well known that children lack safety awareness and good judgment. Whether the shooting was accidental or more criminal in nature, consistent gun safety and security can help reduce incidents of this nature. If you have a gun, make sure that it is properly secured and out of the reach of children. It is also important for parents to have conversations about gun safety with children. There is nothing cool about a child waving around a gun or carrying around a gun without proper adult supervision and guidance. Guns are not toys and are dangerous when in the hands of children who lack good safety awareness and judgment. You can read more about this story at Hollywood, Florida – 13 Year Old Boy Killed in Shooting.

gun%20handgun%20with%20two%20bullets.jpgDaniel Crichton is a 2 year old child who is in critical condition following a robbery and carjacking in Jacksonville, Florida. Tragically, Daniel was shot by police in a hail of bullets aimed at the carjacked vehicle that Daniel, his mother, another child, and the suspect were occupying. It was reported that 42 rounds were shot in the incident. Now, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. The shooting took place on Baymeadows Road. The boys’ family is questioning how the incident took place and if the tragedy could have been avoided. There are a number of questions that come to mind in incidents like this:

What policies and procedures were required for deputy sheriffs responding to the scene?

What efforts were made to resolve or deal with the situation prior to the use of force (i.e. the firing of bullets)?

Gun.jpgAt a home in Northeast Jacksonville, several children gathered recently for a child’s birthday party. The children were playing outside the home when witnesses say they heard a single gunshot. An unidentified two year old girl was hit by the gunfire.

A resident of the home, Charlene Johnson, reported that there were several children playing outside at the time, and wasn’t sure if anyone had been injured at first. When it was discovered that the two year old girl had been hit, her parents rushed her to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.

According to Sergeant John Gay of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, aggravated battery unit, it is not clear if the girl was hit more than once, but she is expected to recover. Neither the motive for the shooting nor the intended target is known at this point. Police are still investigating the incident.

Taser.jpgDeputies from the Volusia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office were conducting a felony traffic stop when the possibly armed suspect began behaving irrationally. Jorge Garcia allegedly began yelling profanities at the deputies and then got in the back seat of his car and refused to get out. When deputies threatened to use a taser gun on him, the man allegedly got out of the car, grabbed a one year old baby from the backseat and held it in front of him, shouting “tase the baby” at the officers.

The deputies were able to remove the baby from Garcia’s arms without any harm to the child. A woman, Tangeca Garcia, who was a passenger in the car reportedly then got out and attempted to block officers from using their taser guns on Garcia. The deputies were eventually able to tase Garcia so that they could place him under arrest.

Garcia has been charged with child abuse and resisting arrest. Ms. Garcia has also been arrested and charged with resisting arrest. Of course, Mr. Garcia and Ms. Garcia will be entitled to defend themselves through representation from a Florida criminal defense attorney or a public defender. There may be legal defenses to the situation that should be explored by the defense attorney.

Ammo.jpgAdoption agencies placing children with Florida parents are reportedly required by the Florida Department of Children and Families to inquire if the potential parents keep guns or ammunition in their home. Recently, a Brevard County, Florida couple hired an attorney after they took exception to being asked that question. The lawyer called a lobbyist for the NRA, who decided to try to change Florida law to restrict adoption agencies from asking about gun ownership.

According to the NRA, gun registration is illegal in Florida, and any documentation about gun ownership by a government agency is basically the same thing as establishing a gun registry. Further, gun rights advocates say that requiring parents to disclose gun ownership is a violation of their privacy rights. Senator Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, is sponsoring a bill to make “unlawful” for an adoption agency to ask about gun ownership. The bill is expected to pass.

Whether the bill passes or not, parental supervision along with the proper storage and locking of guns is a necessary step for gun owners to take to prevent gun related injuries and deaths involving children. The death or injury of a child from an accidental shooting is a great loss, and can be prevented with some basic safety precautions.

PoliceCar.jpgVictor Steen, 17, of Pensacola, Florida, died after being run over by a police car while being chased on his bicycle. The incident began when Officer Jerald Ard saw the boy around 2 am in a construction site. When Steen fled the scene on his bicycle, Ard pursued him in his police car. During the chase, Ard attempted to stun the teenager with a taser. Some time during the chase, Steen crashed his bicycle in the path of the police car and was run over.

Even though it does not appear that Steen was stunned by the taser, the incident has raised interest from a national civil rights group, which advocates a national stun gun policy. The group, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said that it will release a report in December that shows that 400 people have died from stun gun incidents. In response to concerns, the Pensacola police department changed its policy from “reasonable use” of stun guns to prohibiting shooting a stun gun from or at a moving vehicle.

Th Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating Steen’s death. Officer Ard has been placed on administrative duty. It will ultimately be up to the Florida attorney general to decide if charges will be filed in this case.

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Mark Stockdale, age 43, resigned from his position with the Alachua County School District in Gainesville, Florida. Mr. Stockdale was on leave since February 2009 for bringing a loaded .22 caliber pistol / gun with him the classroom. The State Attorney reduced the charges from a third degree felony (possession of a firearm on school property) to a misdemeanor (carrying a concealed weapon).

There is a debate between gun rights supporters and child safety / educators as to the propriety and legality of teachers bringing guns to school. Some say that incidents like Columbine and Virginia Tech would not have occurred had teachers and students for that matter been armed themselves to take down the crazed and murderous gunmen. Others believe that guns should have no place on school grounds at all with the exception of allowing trained police officers have guns on school grounds.

You can read more about this story at Gainesville, Florida Teacher Who Brought Gun to School Resigns.