it comes to toddlers and guns.
Florida mom Jamie Gilt, who ran a Facebook page called “Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense” (which has, perhaps not surprisingly, been deleted), was shot just one day after she bragged, “Even my 4 year old (sic) gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22.”
Gilt could face criminal charges after leaving a loaded .45-caliber handgun next to her son’s booster seat, which he promptly picked up and used to shoot his mother in the back.
Gilt’s mother, Jane Bramble, insists that she’ll keep her guns despite the shooting.
“All the gun control people are jumping on this, but it will not change her opinion about owning guns. She is very pro-gun and will not change her opinion about owning them. She will keep her guns and I’m happy that she will,” said Bramble.
But what if next time, the gun isn’t pointed at mom’s center-mass and the bullet doesn’t miraculously miss vital organs?
What if next time, the gun is leveled at another child—perhaps even one of her own—and Gilt will again be completely responsible for the outcome?
How “responsible” is responsible gun ownership when there are children who have access to guns? Is it ever responsible to keep a loaded weapon within arm’s reach of a child who can’t yet tie his shoes?
Gilt could be charged with a crime under Florida law; it’s illegal to have a loaded gun under your control when you should know a minor can gain access to it. The Florida Department of Children and Families has opened an investigation as well, which could cost her custody of her son.
What Do You Think?
Do you think this incident makes a strong case for tighter gun restrictions or tougher punishments under existing laws? Should Jamie Gilt face criminal charges for leaving a loaded .45-caliber pistol inches from her 4-year-old son?
I know this is a great debate topic, so I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know how you feel about the Jamie Gilt case on Twitter or on Facebook.
How safe can a loaded gun possibly be, particularly when it’s in a 4-year-old’s hands?
A gun-toting activist from Florida learned the hard way that there is no “safe” when