Yes, this is a follow-up on a recent Blog Post, “Here We Go Again!”, about the five-year old boy in Rural Kentucky, who shot and killed his two-year old sister, while playing with his “toy rifle”, https://thetruthoncommonsense.com/2013/05/03/here-we-go-again/, I just could not fail to pass-on an Op-Ed that Mary Sanchez wrote in the Kansas City Star, http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/05/3381859/children-and-guns-lethal-combination.html. I left the ads in so that the picture from the manufacturer’s web site would be included. Notice the cute Crickett in the lower right-hand corner?
Ms. Sanchez grew-up in “Gun Country” herself; so, she understands the underlying Gun Culture; however, she seems to believe that something is missing, especially with guns in the hands of little children–Common Sense. Remember the County Coroner in the recent shooting, Gary White’s comment: “It’s a Crickett. It’s a little rifle for a kid … The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun.”
The Crickett’s manufacturer, Keystone Sporting Arms Company, through it’s attorney, advised that it’s web site was down since it had been inundated and corrupted. However, you can check-out these “toys” on the “Impact Guns” web site, linked as follows: http://www.impactguns.com/advsearch.aspx?q=cricket. Now, I don’t know if the attempt is for Cradle-to-the-Grave marketing; but notice the links to Rugers and other weapons. And, with a couple of clicks, links to automatic pistols and AK-47s come up.
Besides the “Crickett” model (a .22), which killed the boy’s two yeard-old sister, the site also advertises the Chipmunk” (a .17). The price of the Cricket ranges from $119.99 to $177.99. (Kind of a pricey toy, huh?)And, for Little Girls, the Cricketts are also available in pink. And, hey, a 4 X 32 scope is also available for just $35.99. Mattel surely missed-out on this market.
Now, look at the video, from Slate, in this ad for the Crickett. http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/05/03/crickett_keystone_sporting_arms_watch_an_ad_for_my_first_rifle_the_gun_a.html.
Pay special attention to where the whole Family is together (roughly half-way through), just after the boy was shooting with his Father, and before the whole Family is each firing their owns rifles. Where is the Mother’s barrel pointed, and are any of these rifles loaded?
Lastly, Mother Jones Magazine shows another piece, from the Crickett web site, which cannot be confirmed since the company’s site is down. But, according to Mother Jones Magazine, this linked article demonstrates how guns are sold to Children, http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/05/crickett-rifle-marketing-kids. Aren’t they cute?