The mother who was shot and killed by her two year-old toddler, who pulled the gun out of mom’s purse while they were shopping in Wal-Mart, has been pretty well discussed in the comments. Here’s one thing some of you might have missed — this isn’t the first time that it’s happened this year:
In November, a woman in Oklahoma was fatally shot by her three-year-old with a semi-automatic handgun. Police said it appeared the child picked up the gun while his mother was changing a one-year-old’s diaper.
That’s from The Guardian, which sent out a breaking news alert when this story broke yesterday, probably because the ‘Murica factor of a two-year-old killing his mother with her concealed weapon in a Wal-Mart was pure clickbait for Brits who already think we’re a bunch of gun-toting hillbillies.
I hate to knock the relatives of someone involved in a tragedy, but this comment by the victim’s father-in-law encapsulates the attitude that will lead to many more incidents like these:
“She was not the least bit irresponsible,” he said. “She was taken much too soon.”
If a two-year-old can get hold of your gun and discharge it, you’re being irresponsible. The “taken” part makes it sound like it was just another unavoidable “act of God”, which it wasn’t. It was a completely avoidable consequence of open carry culture. You just don’t need to carry a gun in your purse to protect yourself in the Hayden, Idaho Wal-Mart.