Maker of 'My First Rifle' for kids disappears after toddler killed
- Crickett Rifles, the brand of .22-calibre rifles marketed to children as young as four, has virtually disappeared from the web after a five-year-old boy in Kentucky accidentally shot and killed his two-year-old sister with his gun.
The story originally appeared in the Lexington Herald Leader and was later picked up by the L.A. Times and CNN.
- — HLpublicsafety (@HLpublicsafety)Wed, May 01 2013 18:56:23No charges filed in case of Cumberland County 5-year-old who accidentally shot and killed sister w/ child's rifle: http://bit.ly/16qCdxO
- — CNN International (@cnni)Thu, May 02 2013 03:26:54Kentucky policeman on fatal shooting: "In this part of the country, it's not uncommon for a 5-year-old to have a gun" http://on.cnn.com/11ZZQIr QIr
- The details of the story elicited shock from people on Twitter, including biologist and author Richard Dawkins.
- — Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins)Wed, May 01 2013 17:15:545-year-old boy given rifle for birthday, kills his 2-year-old sister. Bet you can't guess which country. http://bit.ly/ajIHAU
- — David Waldman (@KagroX)Tue, Apr 30 2013 18:47:39"It's a Crickett," he said. "It's a little rifle for a kid. ...The little boy's used to shooting the little gun." http://www.kentucky.com/2013/04/30/2621458/5-year-old-boy-accidentally-shoots.html#storylink=cpy …m/2013/04/30/2621458/5-year-old-boy-accidentally-shoots.html#storylink=cpy
- — Wim Rampen (@wimrampen)Wed, May 01 2013 11:57:09Sorry I have to say this, but you know that this is actually 'one of those horrible accidents' you CAN prevent http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/01/us/kentucky-accidential-shooting/index.html?hpt=us_c2 …/2013/05/01/us/kentucky-accidential-shooting/index.html?hpt=us_c2
- — Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert)Wed, May 01 2013 08:04:465 yr old who accidentally killed sister w/ the .22 rifle, received gun as a gift "last year." when he was 4???; http://bit.ly/16nU4FQ
- Crickett Rifles is a brand of Keystone Sporting Arms of Milton, Penn.
- — Rebecca Land Soodak (@RLSoo)Wed, May 01 2013 15:58:25UNACCEPTABLE! Pennsylvania Gun maker Keystone Sporting Arms markets Crickett rifle w slogan ~My First Rifle~ has barrel &stock color options
- — Clementine Ford (@clementine_ford)Wed, May 01 2013 15:47:30"The rifle used in the accident is a Crickett designed for children." Imma just let that sit there. #guncontrol
- The reaction spread around the world and people began to find and post photos of Crickett's promotional material, including the brand's cartoon cricket logo and slogan: "Quality firearms for America's youth."
- Crickett recently started selling its rifles in new colours and stock options.
- The Crickett website included a gallery of children, even babies, posing with the product.
- — Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown)Thu, May 02 2013 07:38:16Crickett's website has a delightful montage of small white children holding their guns. The outrage if they were black would be deafening.
- New magazine Mother Jones posted a blog entry Wednesday afternoon featuring some of the photos, putting the Crickett marketing in the context of the Kentucky shooting, as well as the killing of 20 children and six teachers at a school in Newtown, Conn., in December.