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6-Year-Old Shoots Grandpa With Unattended AK-47, Drunk and High Gun Owner Says No One is to Blame

According to gun owner Juan Manuel Martinez, it was not really anyone’s fault that a little boy shot his grandpa with a loaded gun at a picnic. After all, who could have predicted that leaving an AK-47 unattended at a picnic with kids around could have ended up with things going tragically wrong?

By Martinez’s own admission, the gun was not being watched when the 6-year-old picked it up from the table and fired it, mortally wounding the child’s grandfather.

“We heard the gun shot go off. My father was struck in the chest before he was airlifted to the hospital, and they told us that he passed,” he said, adding,”I should’ve never brought the firearm out.”

The gun owner also said even though the little boy killed his dad, he does not blame the kid.

“It’s not his fault. He didn’t know what he was doing,” Martinez stressed. “He’s just a little boy. I love him. He’s my family. I love all my family.”

Yet even though he admitted he had smoked marijuana, had some cocaine and drank two beers before deciding to bring out the gun to show off to his dad, Martinez does not think he is to blame either for forgetting to watch the gun (or better yet, not bringing it out at all).

“The family is not trying to point the finger at anybody,” he told the local media after his father’s death. “This is a tragic event that occurred. We can’t say it was my fault, it was my nephew’s fault, it was my father’s fault. It’s just a tragic event that occurred. If there was anything I could do to bring him back, God help me I would.”

The state of Florida, however, disagrees and have charged the gun owner with culpable negligence of a firearm.

“If you are a gun owner, you need to know that you are responsible for that gun. You’re responsible on how to handle that gun and of the safety of the people around you,” Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said, pointing out this case was made worse by the fact, drugs and alcohol and kids were involved.

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