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Editorial: The dangers of pellet guns

(Source: WALB) (Source: WALB)

Recently, Americus police arrested a young boy who had stolen a pellet gun from a nearby Walmart.

What was disturbing to police was how real the gun looked.

It wasn't until they got closer to the juvenile that they realized it was a pellet gun.

Had the young man pointed the gun at officers, they could have shot and killed him.

Parents should heed the tragic lesson of the death of young Tamir Rice.

The Cleveland 12-year-old was shot and killed by officers when he pointed a similar gun at them. 

If parents insist on allowing their kids to have these realistic-looking pellet guns, then they should be closely supervised and not allowed to take them out of the house.

"Those things should never be carried around in the streets. These kids should not have them because they don't understand, you know, the dangers that they present," said Lt. Terrell Coley with the Americus Police Department.

The city of Cleveland will pay $6 million to Tamir Rice's family, but no amount of money can bring back that young boy.

It was a tragic event that could and should have been avoided.

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