For this week’s lesson in how obviously safe guns are and how clearly responsible gun owners can be we travel to Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Where we defer to firearms safety officer Tiffany’s son:
…Goldwire was charged on Wednesday with the involuntary manslaughter of her daughter, Jamara Stevens, police said. She is currently wanted by detectives.
Stevens was playing with her brothers and sisters inside the Goldwire’s Mantua bedroom on April 5, when her 2-year-old brother cocked the gun, pointed it at the girl and pulled the trigger. The bullet sailed through the girl’s arm and into her chest and heart.
It’s amazing the contrasts I see in these stories. If this were to happen in Oklahoma, the sheriff would take pity on the parents. He wouldn’t dream of arresting them. Hell, he’d be the first person to show up at the funeral and cry copious tears. But because the shooting went down in Philadelphia, the cops have mounted a manhunt for the mother. To be clear: This is a crime. She belongs in jail. But she certainly doesn’t deserve to go there just because she’s poor and black.
Speaking to NBC10.com, Goldwire said the gun had been left behind in another room by her boyfriend and was taken by the woman’s 14-year-old son. She was visibly distraught over the girl’s death.
“For all the mothers who lose their kids, I feel their pain. And to the ones that still have their children, treasure every moment with your kids because you never know when you’ll never see them again,” she said.
I understand. Your children could die at any moment, especially when you’re the type to leave loaded handguns lying around the house like Easter eggs. Sheesh. And for this week’s NEXT lesson, in how obviously safe guns are and how clearly responsible gun owners can be, we travel to Liberty County, Georgia. Where we defer to firearms safety officer Joanne’s son:
When [Officer] Mercer arrived he says he found 23-year-old Joanne Winding sitting on the front doorway, crying for help.
Two handguns were found in the woman’s bedroom on a night stand, two children were also found inside the home.
This sounds familiar.
The woman told the officers she thought she had seen a person outside of the home and that is why she had loaded one of the guns. The report says she then went to lay down and that is when she was shot once in her right arm, by her 2-year-old son.
The children are currently in the custody of a family friend.
Whaddayaknow, the ole’ switcheroo. Shot with her own gun. But of course, by all means – as surefire danger looms outside – make haste pulling the family firearm out of the closet. Be sure to load it, take the safety off, lay it on the nightstand and then go to sleep. Sweet dreams, my pistol packin’ Mama. With a little luck you’ll figure out how to shoot with your other arm. At the very least you’ll remember to stow your Ruger on the other nightstand. From this we once again conclude: The more guns you have, the safer your Karma is.