Once again, a young teenage boy fatally shot himself by accident, this time in the supervision of his father.
Nicholas Ursiny, a 15-year-old boy from Pennsylvania, was practicing target shooting on a Friday afternoon with his father in their backyard and shockingly ended up shooting himself in the head.
According to the Daily Mail, “He was attempting to reload a small caliber pistol when it accidentally discharged, hitting him in the head.”
Ursiny was immediately airlifted via helicopter to a hospital in Pittsburgh, but his injuries proved too severe and he died in the hospital on Sunday.
This tragedy echoes numerous instances of teenagers and children as young as three years old shooting themselves unintentionally, either with or without parental supervision—often, they have accidentally shot their parents or other family members.
Deaths such as Ursiny’s unfortunately reinforce the point that guns are unequivocally unsafe in the hands of anyone who isn’t an adult; even if parents are around, accidents happen, and the risk in this case is death.
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