Surprise, surprise, another toddler shoots someone with a loaded gun.
According to the Rapid City, SD police an unnamed 22-year-old woman walked into a room to find her almost two-year-old child walking around with her own loaded revolver. Police haven’t yet said exactly how the child got the gun, only that it was evidently “unsecured.”
As she approached the child, the gun went off twice; one shot went wide, and the other hit her in the leg. The child was frightened, but unharmed, and she was taken to the Rapid City Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The police classified it as an “accidental discharge,” so no charges will be filed. Sergeant Brian Blenner gave this statement:
“If you have children, it’s different. Children present a risk themselves, so we want to keep that separate. If you felt the need that you had to have your ammunition stored with your weapon, it should be locked up in a container that only you know the combination for, or you have a key for, and the children would not have access to that weapon.”
We’ve maintained that the problem with guns in America doesn’t necessarily have to do with crime itself, background checks or even the types of guns themselves — those things are just contributors to the primary problem: saturation. With as many guns as people in America, and with only slightly more than a third of households containing guns, then those guns, where they exist, tend to exist in high concentrations.
And accidents do happen. Mistakes get made. People forget to lock cabinets, they drop loaded firearms, they sit down and accidentally discharge them, they panic when they shouldn’t, and they escalate fights that might otherwise end in black eyes to fights that end with body bags. Mistakes do happen; and the greater the concentration of weapons, the more of those mistakes will get made.