In yet another tragic, puzzling and entirely preventable episode of gun violence, a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister in Kentucky on Tuesday. You’re probably thinking, “Why the hell didn’t those incompetent parents lock up their gun?” Well, you’d be partially correct, but only about the locking up the gun part. That’s because, believe it or not, the boy used his own firearm — a rifle given to him by his parents as a gift — to shoot his sister to death.
Cumberland County coroner Gary White identified the weapon as a Crickett Rifle manufactured by Keystone Sporting Arms, based in Milton, Penn., saying, “It’s a little rifle for a kid. … The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun.” Chilling.
KSA, which uses the slogan “my first rifle,” claims on its website to be a gun-safety resource for youngsters. “The goal of KSA is to instill gun safety in the minds of youth shooters and encourage them to gain the knowledge and respect that hunting and shooting activities require and deserve,” the website said.
Despite their position, there has been complete silence from the gunmaker since the tragedy in Kentucky. They have yet to release a comment, and their Crickett Firearms - My First Rifle Facebook page appears to have been deleted, though we can’t verify when that happened.
Either way, we decided to go deep on these guys. Here’s what we found. Unless otherwise noted, all the following images of products, advertising and other media come directly from Keystone Sporting Arm’s website. Here we go.
Guns and accessories
Advertising that utilizes a cute, cartoon crickett
KSA YouTube videos
A YouTube video (not from KSA, but from their YouTube channel’s like page) of a very disinterested little girl being ‘taught’ to shoot a Crickett Rifle
RYOT NOTE: Yeah, KSA claims to make these guns to promote safety among youth so they can become responsible gun owners, but we just can’t shake the question: Why the hell do these little kids need guns in the first place? What happened to jump ropes, little league and — shit — even video games? Any way you slice it, we just can’t wrap our heads around the notion of 5-year-old kids owning and operating firearms. It’s bizarre, puzzling and terrifying. In fact, we dont’ think anyone who might be a danger should be able to own a firearm, that’s why we’re asking you to join us in signing a petition hosted by Americans for Responsible Solutions, which asks Congress to include universal background checks and to ban high-capacity magazines as part of any gun-control legislation. Just click on the gray box alongside this story to sign the petition and Become the News!