With a gun marketed to kids, tragedy strikes again

As a mother and grandmother, I am horrified to learn that real guns are now being manufactured for children — downsized for those as young as 5 (“Ky. town stunned by boy’s shooting of sister, 2,” May 6). They are sold as Cricketts, which I guess is thought to be a charming play on the name of the tiny insect thought to bring good luck when it lands on a fireside hearth.

Sadly, one family recently found only tragedy when their 5-year-old killed his little sister with a Crickett.

Who would give a 5-year-old a real gun?


Who would manufacture a weapon for a young child?

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Have we lost all common sense?

Judith Casey

North Hampton, N.H.