ABC News has a story up with this headline: “Toddler Dies After Mistaking Gun for Wii Controller.” ‘Puter calls horse hockey on ABC News.
Facts: A three year old fatally shot herself in the head with a loaded Smith & Wesson .380 semiautomatic her stepfather left unattended on a table.
Spin: Faced with a situation where irresponsible gun ownership resulted in the absolutely preventable death of an innocent, ABC News chose instead to play up the products liability angle.
Truth: The Wii controller’s resemblance to a real pistol is not the proximate cause of this toddler’s death. The proximate cause of the toddler’s death is the stepfather’s stupidity. And any angle to ABC’s story other than that is irresponsible.
Corrective Action: ‘Puter’s suggested headline? “Moron Stepfather Leaves Loaded Gun In Toddler’s Reach, Negligently Causing Her Death.” ‘Puter would have followed up with an investigation into why the local constabulary did not press charges against the genius stepfather.
*’Puter states his bona fides again, lest he be accused of being some sort of pro-gun control squish. ‘Puter owns many guns, is a card-carrying NRA member and holds a New York concealed carry permit.