4-Year-Old Shoots Self After Mom Apparently Falls Asleep With Gun In Holster « CBS Detroit

Parent charged for child abuse in this case of gun owner responsibility . . .

4-Year-Old Shoots Self After Mom Apparently Falls Asleep With Gun In Holster « CBS Detroit

I really hate to see a parent charged with a crime because they failed to responsibly secure their firearm from misuse by others. Our subject story tells us of a 30 year old woman that fell asleep with her firearm holstered and her 4 year old son somehow was able to access and fire the gun, shooting himself in the leg. The story here fails to answer the real questions that require answer. Why was there a firearm at the site? Was it being worn holstered or sitting upon a table or some place else? Does the woman legally possess and carry the weapon? There are simply too many unanswered questions involving the reason the gun was available for the child to gain access to it.

I strongly support gun owners being held responsible for misuse of their firearm. It is far too simple to secure a firearm preventing it’s misuse by others to not do so. A simple trigger lock, a small gun safe, or many other options are available for securing firearms. The negligence of not properly securing firearms when not in the physical possession of the owner attributes to a majority of young people’s deaths. There is no reason for an unsecured weapon to be accessible by children in the home. Gun Owners have got to accept responsibility for their firearms and accept the consequences for the misuse of their firearm when such happens.

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