2-Year-Old Fires Father’s Gun Injuring Himself and Others in Diner

Another tragic tale involving a gun in the hands of a child: in Middleburg, Florida, the 2-year-old son of a sheriff's deputy accidentally fired his father's gun in a Wendy’s restaurant, injuring himself and others around him, the Florida Times-Union reported.


The boy’s father, Sergeant Matthew Magish, said he was standing in line at Wendy’s when his son “stuck his hand in his pocket looking for a snack.” Unbeknownst to the toddler, Sgt. Magish had a personal semiautomatic pistol in his pocket, which discharged after his son grabbed it. As the bullet hit the floor, fragments bounced off and struck the 2-year-old in the foot, as well as injuring the boy’s grandfather. Two nearby female customers were hit with fragments.

While those injured did not require medical treatment, local emergency crews were called and examined the victims. The accident is being further investigated.

The National Rifle Association is under increasing pressure to amend gun laws following a series of accidental shooting incidents involving children. Less than two weeks ago, a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her shooting instructor after she lost control of a firearm after pulling the trigger.

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