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    Father Who Accidentally Killed Son Still Plans to Keep a Gun – but Thinks Shooters Should Have Mandatory Training


    On July 3, Clayton Brumby accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son Stephen at a shooting range in Sarasota, Florida. Even after the tragedy, Clayton, who has always prioritized gun safety, plans to keep a firearm.
     On July 3, Clayton Brumby accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son Stephen at a shooting range in Sarasota, Florida. Even after the tragedy, Clayton, who has always prioritized gun safety, plans to keep a firearm.

    He was teaching his older kids about gun safety on the fateful day he lost his son, Clayton, 64, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview in this week's issue. "We did the drills, we practiced, we wanted to make sure our kids knew the dangers of guns," he says. Because he knows the dangers of guns, he takes full responsibility for what happened.

     "It wasn't the gun that killed my boy," he says. "I killed my boy." The day Stephen died, Clayton had taken three of his seven children to the range, where they took turns shooting Clayton's .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. After Clayton fired a round, a hot shell casing struck the wall, causing it deflect and fall back into his shirt.

    Quickly, he tried to get it out and his gun, which was inadvertently pointed behind his back, went off. He thought the bullet went straight up in the air until he heard his son David, 24, yell out, 'Dad, Stephen's been shot.' Stephen was hit directly in the neck and later died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. For more on the Brumby family's tragedy, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

    Using the Tragedy to Prevent Another One

    Although Clayton, his wife Elizabeth, and their six other children – David, Alexis, 23, Sam, 18, Christen, 12, Thomas, 11, and Jordan, 9 – are grieving their unimaginable loss, they're also determined to find any good that could come from the tragedy.

    On July 3, Clayton Brumby accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son Stephen at a shooting range in Sarasota, Florida. Even after the tragedy, Clayton, who has always prioritized gun safety, plans to keep a firearm.
    Clayton, who still believes in owning a gun, has since talked to the gun range about softening the wall where a bullet might ricochet.

    "I said to them 'How about a heavy piece of cloth on the wall where the shell is going so instead of it landing on someone who has a loaded gun in their hand, it would instead just fall to the floor,'" he says. "Another family shouldn't have to go through this."

    The gun range gave him the assurance he wanted and told them they were already working on it.

    While gun owners go over safety drills, they don't train for distractions like hot brass, he says.
    "If one thing comes out of this – and many things will – we'll make this part of the training for gun owners," he says. "When we're surprised, we don't have time to think."

    "My son is dead a consequence," he says. "I should have put the gun down first."

    Elizabeth, who doesn't blame her husband and says it was simply a "horrific accident," is standing by her husbands side as they both work to make sure another family doesn't lose a loved one in a similar way.

    "We could not have been safer about what we did and it happened to us," she says. "It's horrific but we will get through this. We're a team."


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