When I say “Nothing new here, folks,” at the top of these posts, I really mean there is nothing new. These are everyday events in this country, multiple such episodes play out every day. I restrict these posts to the boundaries of the United States of America, the region of the world affected by the Second Amendment, of which a certain element is so fond. Also, I make an attempt to limit the scope to tragedies involving handguns (see the title), but at times I lapse and include tales involving long guns. Absolutely none of these posts relate to mass shootings with assault rifles and sniper attacks. Few involve convicted criminals in the act of another crime. Many readers should see themselves in these circumstances. Take this case, as an example:
Adults not talking after toddler shoots self with stolen gun, Philadelphia police sayPolice say they are having a tough time getting information about the shooting death of a toddler who somehow got his hands on a stolen gun and accidentally pulled the trigger.
Ibn-Kareem Lawson, 2, died when he was struck by a bullet from 9mm handgun in a home on the 200 block of West Godfrey Street.
The gun was reported stolen from Cheltenham, Montgomery County in 2005.
Not all these posts involve a death, but they all involve an element of regret.