The Jefferson County sheriff said that an 11-year-old boy shot and killed an 8-year-old girl who lived next door.
Authorities were called to Robin Road in White Pine around 7:30 p.m. Saturday on a report of a shooting.
Deputies found the girl on the ground with a gunshot wound to the chest. She was taken to Morristown-Hamblen Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Sheriff Bud McCoig said the young girl's next-door neighbor, a fifth grader at White Pine Elementary School, used his father's 12-gauge single-shot shotgun to shoot and kill the girl from inside his house. The victim was in second grade at the same school.
According to neighbors the shooting was over a puppy.
The boy wanted to see the puppy, the girl told him no, and so he shot and killed her. Because that is how we settle disputes in America.
Unlike Michael Moore I am NOT going to stop bringing you these stories and talking about what we need to do about gun violence in this country.
If you are tired of hearing about them, take solace in the fact that I am as well.
However if you want to see fewer of them on this blog, and other places in the news media and on the internet, then you need to vote for politicians who will actually do something to help reduce the number of gun fatalities.
If you do that I will gladly stop posting so many stories about children being killed with guns.
Which should prove easy since there will be fewer of them to post.