This week’s lesson in gun safety (#23 and #24)

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. An 8 year-old shoots himself in the head out in Oklahoma, and the sheriff takes 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 this shooting went down in Philadelphia, the cops have mounted a manhunt for the mother. As well they should: This is a crime. She belongs in jail.

But she certainly doesn’t deserve to get locked up just because she’s urban and black. A crime is a crime. Or does this matter? The way the 8 year-old shot himself? He was out with a couple of other kids hunting on some lake ice and fell down. The gun fired and he took one in the head. Frankly I have no problem with that. As we all know hunting with your buddies is a way of life in white Oklahoma, and the ultimate responsibility for these things lies with the owner/operator. Remind your second grader about that the minute you buy him that pistol.

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.

Well whaddayaknow the ole’ switcheroo. Shot with her own gun. I don’t mean to make light of this – of course by all means whenever surefire danger looms outside be quick to pull the family firearm out of its place in the closet. Be sure to load it, take the safety off, lay it on the nightstand and then go right to sleep. Sweet dreams pistol packin’ Mama. I see no point in getting murdered by a noisy raccoon when your own kid can do it. Now you’ll have to learn how to shoot with your other arm. Anyway, at the very least you’ll remember to sleep with your Ruger on the other nightstand. From this we once again conclude: The more guns you have, the safer your karma is.

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