Remember the last time a kid shot his mother from the back seat while she was driving? Sure you do. It really isn’t funny when a 4 year old ends up holding a loaded gun in the back seat of a vehicle, and someone actually getting shot is rarely amusing, but there was irony involved, since the mother who allowed her 4 year old a free shot at mommy happened to be a vocal gun activist, and besides, she only took minor damage so no harm, no foul. We pointed. We laughed. We found out she would face charges for her less than responsible gun handling, we nodded in satisfaction, and we promptly forgot all about it.
This one isn’t funny at all.
A woman died late Tuesday morning after being accidentally shot by her 2-year-old son who found a gun in the backseat of the vehicle and fired it, the woman’s father said.
How do I make a joke out of this?
A single bullet went into 26-year-old woman’s back, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said. The woman stopped the vehicle on Wisconsin Highway 175 near West Vliet Street.
Andre Price said his daughter, Patrice Price, was a hard-working mother who had three children.
He said his daughter was driving her boyfriend’s car. He is a security guard and left his gun in the vehicle.
The boy was able to reach it and accidentally shot his mom in the back, killing her.
“Now I don’t have her no more. My chest has been hurting,” Andre Price said. “I have a knot in my chest. They won’t even let me see my daughter. I wanted to hold my daughter for one last time.”
It wasn’t her gun that ended her life. She isn’t the one who endangered her child. Who can I point and laugh at? The boyfriend who’s “responsible gun ownership” just resulted in a lifetime of guilt in addition to the loss of his partner? The father who can never hold his daughter again?
How much worse could this have been?
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office says witness accounts indicate a child in the back seat of a vehicle in the southbound lanes of Highway 175 on Tuesday morning, April 26th, got hold of a gun and discharged the firearm. That sent a single bullet into the driver’s back.
Is this here the big punchline?
“People were panicking and you could tell people were generally trying to help,” said Kourtney Blevins. “They pulled a, looks like a young lady out, and they started to resuscitate her on the ground. I heard something about a shooting, and a gun went off. I know there’s some little boys down there which they put in a police car. It was two little boys it looked like, so some kids were involved unfortunately. I just kind of stayed back and prayed about it.”
What, is this a monthly occurrence now? Is it really that difficult to keep handguns out of the hands of toddlers? How the fuck is this even a thing?
I have no snark for this. I have no humor for this, no easy joke to lighten the mood. Nothing can lighten a two year old boy killing his mother while driving down the highway except it not happening.
I’m not using this to argue for new gun regulations. I’m not saying universal background checks or a ban on armor piercing ammunition would have stopped this tragedy. This has nothing to do with gun laws, or the Second Amendment, or “right to carry,” or any of it.
This is about gun owners treating their firearms with the respect they deserve. Whether you use them for protection, hunting, target shooting, or you’re just compensating for something fucking remember that a firearm is a tool designed to kill, full stop.
I’ve stated countless times on this blog; I am not anti-gun. My father was a hunter. I used to target shoot. My niece is in the military. But come on people, let’s see this “responsible gun ownership” I keep hearing about.