My First Rifle, With Which I Shot My Sister

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Abby Zimet

Another gun, another kid, another death, another case, in the words of the coroner, of "just one of those crazy accidents." The five-year-old boy (yes: five) in Kentucky who accidentally shot and killed his two-year-old sister (yes: two) did so with "My First Rifle," a .22-caliber Cricket specifically made and marketed in several colors for "youth shooters" by Milton, Pa.-based Keystone Sporting Arms, making "quality firearms for America's youth." In 2008, it sold 60,000 Crickett and "Chipmunk" rifles. Its website features a "Kids' Corner" with smiling pictures of children with their guns, and testimonials from their grateful, gun-buying parents. Teach your children well. Or is it too late?

"(Your rifles) are just the right size for my 5-and 7-year-olds. They are awesome and we couldn't be happier."

Update: Surprise: A new study shows that the NRA and other gun-rights groups spent about a gazillion dollars - a 122% spike - in lobbying in the months leading up to the gun-control vote.

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