Being raised around firearms would suggest that one would have a strong understanding of how they work, the responsibilities involved in owning one, and the dangers imposed by mistreating them. This is not always the case. Often, headlines top a story of accidental shootings. Sometimes the story is that the gun “was supposed to be unloaded.” Other times, a family member coming home late is mistaken for a burglar. Then you have those that tell the story of children getting a hold of a gun, not even knowing what it is, and accidentally shooting someone or themselves.
One of those stories, a recent one from Idaho, tells how a young, bright mother was killed by her two year old while out shopping. The mother had been given a concealed carry purse by her husband for Christmas which, on this sad day, contained her handgun. Unattended with the purse, the two year old happened to find the gun, pull it out, point it at the mother’s head, and fire one fatal shot.
Why did this happen? Is this a prime example of why guns, at least handguns, should be banned? Banning guns does little to stop crime, and this wasn’t a crime. Perhaps it is an example of better training needing to be conducted. Well, training is a great thing to have and should be obtained, but she had it. To hold a CCW in Idaho, you have to attend some form of firearms safety class.
I actually think there is a much simpler, yet scarier answer: Her problem was not a lack of government supervision or a lack of training. It was complacency.
It can happen to the best of us. We spend a significant portion of our lives doing something and training for it in a way that makes us feel confident. When it comes to firearms, you should be confident. If you cannot be confident that you can use that weapon correctly when the time comes, then put it back in the safe until you are confident. Confidence, however, can lead to overconfidence and complacency, and there is no room for mistakes when the subject is a firearm. One moment of disregard can and does lead to horrible results.
By choosing to exercise the right of armed self-protection, you take on a level of responsibility that cannot be shirked for even a moment. Every time the guns come out, I remind myself of one little fact: “These things kill – you better be careful.” I don’t care if the gun is out only for a cleaning or if I am getting ready to carry it outside of the house. I always remind myself of that danger so that complacency doesn’t become my killer. Or worse; it doesn’t become the killer of my wife or child.
By leaving a two year old child in a cart that contained a concealed weapon, a mother took her own life and scarred the life of her child. Her moment of miscalculation was not forgiven and her family has paid the price alongside her.
I wish the best for her family and am truly sorry for their loss. I can only hope that they can make it past this sad time. As for everyone else who chooses to carry, please use this as a reminder that as much as our guns can protect us, they can harm us. It is only or actions and our level of diligence that will determine which tool our guns become: Protector or destroyer.
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