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A Kansas City child, who police say is under 10 years of age, was shot at a playground by another child who police reported to be 7-years-old on Sunday evening.

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According to Sgt. Kari Thompson with the Kansas City Police Department, the child who was shot has sustained injuries that are considered life threatening. The child has undergone surgery and is currently in critical condition.

Fox News reports:

It is unclear how the seven-year-old boy who allegedly fired the shot obtained a gun, but police say it’s disturbing.

“If this doesn’t help you understand the importance of placing your gun either in a safe, or placing a gun lock on your gun, then we don’t know what will do it,” Thompson said. “We have had several instances of children in the past couple of years that have been shot by other juveniles just playing with guns. Guns that were not maintained. Guns that parents and/or guardians just left out without supervision.”

This is why it is so imperative for gun owners to practice proper gun safety, especially if there are children in the house. Gun replicas are toys, but real guns are not. Children need to be taught not to touch the real guns, unless it is under direct adult supervision. Guns are an amazing thing to have, and they are not objects to fear. However, they must always be handled with the upmost care to prevent situations like this from happening.

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