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3 Year Old Nephew Of State Trooper Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself With Uncle’s Gun

by David Badash on December 17, 2012

in Guns,News

Ryder Rozier, a three-year old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while playing with his uncle’s gun in a bedroom of his uncle’s home. Rozier’s uncle is an Oklahoma state trooper, and the gun was a personal weapon, not state-issued, according to The Oklahoman:

The boy was at the home of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper on Saturday when the accidental shooting took place, Logan County Sheriff’s Capt. Richard Stephens said.

Rozier is a nephew of the trooper, Stephens said. Stephens did not release the name of the trooper. The boy shot himself with one of the trooper’s personal guns, Stephens said.

There’s a burial fund for the Rozier family:

Ryder Man was a sweet 3 year old who stole the hearts of everyone who crossed his path. Ryder is survived by his parents & little brother Brody. Our hearts are breaking for Keri & Felix to have to go through something so horrific as losing their child. Our friends are going through an unimaginable tragedy and still have a very long road ahead. A parent should never have to bury their child, however, that is exactly what they have to do. The only thing we feel we can do, besides being there for them, is to help out however we can financially.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, an Oklahoma lawmaker is proposing legislation to allow teachers to carry guns in school.

“Republican State Rep. Mark McCullough represents House District 30, which covers Creek and Tulsa counties,” Oklahoma News 9 reports:

He said Monday in a news release it’s “incredibly irresponsible” to leave schools undefended.

“We cannot continue to be shackled by politically correct, reflexive, anti-gun sentiment in the face of the obvious – our schools are soft targets,” said McCullough. “I’ve been considering this proposal for a long time. In light of the savagery on display in Connecticut, I believe it’s an idea whose time has come.”

Rep. Mark McCullough seems to believe that this is perfectly safe since the teachers would be CLEET-certified and, as News 9 adds, possibly designated as reserve officers with local police and sheriff’s departments.

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PPeterson1 December 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Dear Mr Badash,
As a close friend of this family I am absolutely appalled that you would use this Childs death as a way for you make you political voice be heard. The fact of the matter is that you don't know Ryder or anyone else in this family. You have absolutely no right to speak for this child. This traggic death has absolutely nothing to do with teachers having guns in class. Please be a little more respectful to a family that is in great emotional distress. You should be ashamed of yourself Mr Badash!!

Pete Peterson

Grant_lcenhour December 18, 2012 at 12:23 am

I completly agree withyou, no matter what your opinion on the matter is, it is a wretched thing to do, to use this as political leverage. It's insensitive and rude to all of those affected by this incident.
Please send my best regards to the family.


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