Courtesy of Mediaite:
A man was accidentally shot and killed by his four-year-old son in Prescott Valley, Arizona on Friday afternoon, after the boy found a gun left unattended.
Justin Thomas, a former Green Beret and Iraq veteran, and his son were visting from Phoenix. A witness says the son found the gun in a friend’s living room, asked, “Daddy, what’s this?” and accidentally fired. Police say that Thomas was visiting the friend unannounced, which potentially explains why the gun was left unsecured.
Thomas died at the hospital, while the son stayed with police officers until his mother arrived. Authorities say Thomas also has a newborn child.
This is simply a tragic accident, and I don't even think the owner of the gun is necessarily to blame since he did not expect a visit from the four year old.
But it is a reminder of how a gun bought to keep its owner safe can tragically take an innocent life even while in the hands of a child.