toddlers and guns don’t mix.

It’s amazing that this point needs to be made, but here you go:

If you have guns and a young child in the house, you have a moral and legal obligation to keep the guns where the child can’t get to them.  Keeping a fully-loaded pistol in a nightstand in your bedroom does not constitute “child-proof storage”.

I have guns in the house.  I also have an enterprising and curious toddler whose skills at breaking and entering are starting to approach career criminal standards.  You can bet your life on the fact that my guns are kept in a location and condition that makes it impossible for my children to be featured in a news report like this one.

It would be great if stupidity could only hurt the guilty party.  When it comes to idiots leaving loaded firearms accessible to small children, the ones who get hurt by that kind of stupidity are usually not just the idiots.

Reading the article in question (the boy lived, thankfully), I have to come to the conclusion that maybe some people shouldn’t own guns.  Some choice quotes:

“He’s a little boy and he loves playing with guns and trucks and everything,” [the mother] said.

You know he loves “playing with guns”, and yet you keep your loaded pistol in the nightstand drawer, in an unlocked room.  That’s some Grade-A parenting right there.  Since he loves trucks, too, why don’t you make it a habit of leaving your truck door open and the keys in the ignition as well?  Maybe you can even leave the engine running, and put a little step stool in front of the open door, too.

She said she’s still not sure why the gun fired; he either tried to load it himself or there was a bullet in the chamber already and it barely missed killing him.

The gun fired because there was a round in the chamber, and someone pulled the trigger.  If you’re ignorant of the mechanics involved here, you should not own a firearm.  Also, three-year-olds don’t usually have the dexterity or upper body strength to rack the slide on a .40-caliber pistol, which means that an adult made the conscious decision to make the weapon hot and then leave it unsupervised.

Ugh.  I could go on, but I won’t.  Morons like this one cast a bad light on all the responsible gun owners out there, and if we ever go the way of the UK, she’ll have a teensy bit of blame to shoulder for it. 


14 thoughts on “toddlers and guns don’t mix.

  1. Anthony L. says:

    Um, how about felony criminal negligence and endangering the welfare of a minor for starters? Conviction of either would keep guns out of the assholes hands forever.

  2. Did you read the one recently about the grandma who left her gun in her purse at Sam’s Club. Her 4 year old pulled it out and shot herself in the chest.

  3. Chris says:

    Yet there are some Internet Commandos that insist their ability to teach and discipline their toddler children will absolutely prevent this from happening, so they maintain an unsecured beside gun 24/7.

    Me? I’m not taking chances. My guns will remained in locked storage until my kids move out. They’ll return to locked storage at which point I find myself a grandparent (at 35, I hope this is a long ways off…).


  4. Don Gwinn says:

    I often say my gun locker won’t stop a burglar, but it only has to stop children.

  5. Good line, Don Gwinn!

    100% right!

    IF my son (who is 2) or my daughter (2 months) ever got their hands on any of my fire arms, I know nothing like this will happen. All the pins are removed and stored separately in a secure location as is the ammo.

    Turkish Prawn

  6. asm826 says:

    …if we ever go the way of the UK, she’ll have a teensy bit of blame to shoulder for it. ”

    I hold her responsible for securing her firearm, just like I would cleaning solvents, car keys, sharp tools, etc. But I will not lay any of the blame for the socialist gun control movement on her. They intend to disarm us, with or without excuses. Any and all negative news about firearms that can be used will be, but it’s just a tactic.

  7. Rick in NY says:

    I grew up on a dairy farm, with several dozen firearms in the house. Locked up. No. Firing pins removed? Heck no! Ammo stored seperately? No again. Did my parents ever leave a gun where a young child (say under 5) could get to it? No, all were stored in racks that you had to be at least 5′-0″ tall to remove a gun from. Was anything ever stored loaded. Absolutely not! Any problems with us kids (all six of us) touching a gun when we weren’t supposed to. not even once.

    As my parents taught me, and as I’ve taught my kids, what needs to happen isn’t kid-proofing your guns, but rather gun-proofing your kids. However, the guns need to be kid-proofed until the kids are old enough to be gun-proofed. Those are the parents responsibilities, and theirs alone.

  8. MarkHB says:

    asm826, I take your point well – that the gun-grabbers are just using sad cases like this as justification for stealing your right to self-defence. However, this woman’s as much to blame for giving the gun-theives ammunition to use as she is to blame for the hole in her kid.

  9. nearlynormalized says:

    What about the grandma shopping at Wal-Mart and had a loaded gun in her purse. Guess whose grandaughter opend her bag and pulled out a loaded weapon? You got it, why carry a loaded weapon in your bag to Wal-Mart? This happened the in North Carolina, not a rural area.

  10. John Hardin says:

    > why carry a loaded weapon in your [purse] to Wal-Mart?

    Self defense?

    Though I agree with the idea that off-body carry is a bad idea, as was illustrated in this case.

  11. Marko says:

    Oh, come on, John. Surely you’re not one of those paranoid gun nuts, are you?

    I mean, has anyone ever heard of assaults, robberies, or abductions happening in a WalMart parking lot?

  12. Rick in NY,
    I do agree with you about gun proofing the kids and though it’s too early to call, I’d be willing to bet that my kids won’t be the ones worrying me when it come so guns in the house. What worries me are the friends or the break-ins.

    When I was a kid in rural New Hampshire, not only were most of the guns in the house stored in my bedroom closet (what thief would look there), I also knew where all the ammo was. There was one rule. If I touched the guns with out permission, they were gone forever. My Dad didn’t bluff. I never touched them with out permission.

    Where I live now is more suburbia than I grew up with. Not too hard to imagine a friend of my kids or some punk getting too close to my collection. I’m not using a T99 Arisaka or SMLE for home defense, so keeping the pins separate is no hardship.

    Turkish Prawn.

  13. Dedicated_Dad says:

    It **IS** time to teach.

    Personally, I didn’t secure the (long) guns, I secured their ammo. Handguns were out-of-reach.

    I promised my kids they could handle any gun they wanted, any time they asked, then promised to break their fingers if they ever touched one without permission.

    This removed the desire to “play” — I made it “no big deal” to them.

    They’re 17 and 14 today, healthy, bullet-hole free, and still like to go shooting with Dad once in a while…


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