The story of a missing 13 year old boy took a tragic turn yesterday when it was confirmed that the boy took his own life with a firearm he took from his home. The boy, Cayman Naib, went missing from his suburban Philadelphia home on Wednesday. The story attracted national attention when he was found dead by a K-9 unit on Sunday. The Medical Examiner confirmed that the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
It was further reported that the firearm used had been taken from the home and had a trigger lock in place. Even so, the gun could still be fired. This unfortunate situation should serve as a lesson to all responsible gun owners. No mechanical safety device is foolproof. When not in use, all firearms should be secured under lock and key so that untrained or unauthorized persons cannot access them. Ammunition should be secured in a separate location.
A gun safe costs more than a trigger lock, but no amount of money can bring the young boy back to his family. Even if your own children are well-trained and responsible, you may not be present when one of their friends visits your home. By carrying a concealed firearm, you have taken on the personal responsibility for your own defense. That responsibility extends to everyone in your home. When not actually carried on your person, all firearms should be unloaded and secured if certain people are in the home.