An armed Indianapolis toddler and her mother are in an Indiana hospital today after the child shot herself in the face and her mother in the back of the head. According to police, the toddler found the loaded handgun in a nightstand and decided to stand her ground in bed. In a press release, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said:
When officers arrived, they came into contact with the father of the 4-year-old who stated that he and his fiancé were asleep when he was awakened by the sound of the gunshot. He stated that his daughter shot herself in the face, and it is believed that same bullet struck his fiancé in the back of the head. Indianapolis EMS responded and transported both victims to the hospital. The 4-year-old child was transported to the Riley Hospital and is listed in stable condition. The mother is currently in surgery at IU Health Methodist Hospital but was conscience and alert when she left the scene.
As if that part of the story was not bad enough, the father of the child said that his 2-year-old son was also in the room at the time of the shooting. So these imbecilic, gun-loving cause freedumb jackasses left a loaded handgun in a drawer within reach of TWO toddlers and now one of them will likely be scarred for life. I don’t know about you, but I certainly smell the good ‘ol ‘Murican freedom in the air.
Just out of curiosity, I Googled “4-year-old shoots” to see how the media was reporting this story and what I found really pissed me off:
Let’s be really fucking clear: When a toddler picks up a gun that their parents have left within reach, that is NOT an accidental shooting; it is NEGLECT. In fact, according to Indiana state law what these parents did was a felony:
Sec. 4. (a) A person having the care of a dependent, whether assumed voluntarily or because of a legal obligation, who knowingly or intentionally: (1) places the dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent’s life or health
(2) a Level 3 felony if it is committed under subsection (a)(1), (a)(2), or (a)(3) and results in serious bodily injury
Part of the reason we continue to see stories like this in the news is because police departments and the media think that these incidents are “accidental.” It’s long past time that we hold parents accountable for their thoughtless and sometimes deadly actions. It isn’t that hard to put your damn gun up and don’t tell me,”But I need it within reach just in case a criminal breaks into my house!” No. Screw you. Your kids are more important than your scary fears. Your kids deserve a shot at life. Your kids deserve to grow up without scars on their face because mommy and daddy thought a handgun was a cool toy. Grow up. Stop being a baby and take care of your kids.