I Guess That’s Why They’re Perfect

Tragic, yes. Accident? Hmmmm:

While it is not entirely rare for small children to get a hold of their parent’s guns, one local gun expert described this accident as a “perfect storm.” In her 20 years of experience, Robin Ball the owner of Sharp Shooting Gun Shop, told KREM 2 she has never seen anything like this.

A “perfect storm”? Really? Let’s ask the Great Gazoogle, shall we? In 2014, how many 2-year-olds were involved in an accidental shooting? I found an average of one a month reported in the news:

• Dec. 6, 2014: Killeen 2-year-old in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself.

• November 21, 2014: 2-year-old Marion County, Kansas boy accidentally shot himself. He lived.

• Oct. 22, 2014: A 4-year-old in Meridan, Idaho, accidentally shot his 2-year-old brother in the head with a flare gun.

• Sept. 30, 2014: A Delaware 2-year-old accidentally shot himself in the head with dad’s gun. He died.

• Sept. 14, 2014: A Denmark, S.C. 2-year-old was accidentally shot at a neighbor’s house. He died.

• Sept. 9, 2014: A Florida 2-year-old accidentally fired dad’s gun inside a Wendy’s restaurant. Dad is a sheriff’s deputy.

• May 2, 2014: A Kentucky 2-year-old accidentally shot and killed her 5-year-old brother.

• April 20, 2014: a 2-year-old Utah boy accidentally shot by his 3-year-old sister died.

• April 6, 2014: A Philadelphia 2-year-old fatally shot his 11-year-old sister.

• March 12, 2014: a 2-year-old from Broken Arrow, OK, accidentally shot himself. He died.

• March 2, 2014: An Escambia County, FL 2-year-old was accidentally shot in the head. He died.

• Jan. 1, 2014: a dad accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old son in the car.

Of course, there’s nothing magical about the age of two. You could do the same exercise with 3-year-olds and get the same result.

Maybe we need some better experts?

I read that the father-in-law of Idaho Wal-mart shooting victim Veronica Rutledge is angered that his daughter-in-law’s tragic death is being used by gun control advocates to show why carrying guns everywhere is dangerous. I can understand how hurtful it must be to see your family’s personal tragedy replayed in the national spotlight, but gun control and so-called “gun rights” happen to be part of the national conversation right now. That’s just the way it is.

He says:

Rutledge isn’t just sad — he’s angry. Not at his grandson. Nor at his dead daughter-in-law, “who didn’t have a malicious fiber in her body,” he said. He’s angry at the observers already using the accident as an excuse to grandstand on gun rights.

“They are painting Veronica as irresponsible, and that is not the case,” he said. “… I brought my son up around guns, and he has extensive experience shooting it. And Veronica had had hand gun classes; they’re both licensed to carry, and this wasn’t just some purse she had thrown her gun into.”

Yes. That’s the fucking point. If even the safest, most responsible ever isn’t safe, no one is. This isn’t grandstanding, this is a public safety emergency. I’m sorry your daughter-in-law was shot dead by your grandson but I don’t want to be the next victim.

But yes, let’s “respect the culture”:

Terry Rutledge says guns have always been part of their family culture.

“Her and my son both they’ve grown up around guns, they’ve had multiple classes,” said Terry Rutledge. “Always continued classes in shooting and with other friends of theirs you know in the gun culture that shoot. They’ve both been around them for years. They’ve carried concealed legally themselves for years.”

As Charlie Pierce wrote last year after a Kentucky 5-year-old fatally shot his 2-year-old sister, your culture is fucked up. It’s wrong, it’s dangerous and it has no business being made “the norm” for the rest of us. End of discussion.

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16 responses to “I Guess That’s Why They’re Perfect

  1. democommie

    Yeah. I have a sad that Mr. Rutledge’s grandson is scarred emotionally (for the rest of his life) after shooting his mom. Fuck Grandpa, he’s a moron.

    You know what might make these all too frequent, “completely unforeseeable accidents” a little less unforeseeable? Well, if some organization that teh less COMPLETELY FUCKING INSANE respected was to publish a little column every week about accidental shootings and how they almost universally show a lack of respect for or even awareness of the “Basic Four Rules” of firearms use.Why, that might just make a difference. Why isn’t there some organization like this–it could be like, I dunno, the NRA–if they weren’t fucking busy kissing the ass of the firearms manufacturers to pay any attention to the carnage that they have been so thrilled to enable,

    • cckids

      “I have a sad that Mr. Rutledge’s grandson is scarred emotionally (for the rest of his life) after shooting his mom. Fuck Grandpa, he’s a moron.”

      Yes, because what are you going to tell the kid? It wasn’t his fault? Whose is it? Why, it was Mom’s fault! You know no one in the family is going to go there. Just so f’ed up.

      And, after reading about the kickstarter fund they’re trying, I will not be at all surprized when they sue the handbag manufacturer. Because it obviously wasn’t the GUN.

      Brave New World, that has such morons in it.

  2. onyxpnina

    Actually, that’s 7 2-year-olds shooting someone and 5 getting shot. </picky, picky, picky>.

    But yeah; if the “culture” demands child sacrifice, it might be a good idea for the members of that culture to consult their Bibles because God has a name for that sort of thing and doesn’t like it. Not that I’m being judgmental or anything.

    (As an aside: Anyone with half a brain knows that one has to child-proof pretty thoroughly around toddlers because they are ingenious; a few of them have tried to drive cars. They observe and if they know something is possible, they will perform trial-and-error until they succeed.)

    • The quoted gun expert is the owner of a shooting range with a far from stellar record — so yeah, Mrs. Ball is always happy to be sought out by local media to opine. Perfect storm indeed.

      As for the poor victimized family — they’ve set up a sort of kickstarter campaign with a goal of $5000 to pay for funeral expenses (for a INL employee with plenty of life insurance) which give us another window into their world.

      http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/jan/01/family-creates-memorial-fund-mom-shot-hayden-walma/comments/

      • Anonymouse

        :::puts on Republican Voice::: Well, I guess you could just call the family TAKERS, always with their hands out looking for someone else to fund their lifestyle. They want us to pony up our hard-earned money to them, so they can continue to live the way they’ve become accustomed to.

    • Actually, that’s 7 2-year-olds shooting someone and 5 getting shot. .

      And the question was, “how many 2-year-olds were involved in an accidental shooting?” Not, how many 2-year-olds shot someone.

      picky, picky, picky yourself.

  3. Moira MacGaothin

    Thank you for these words. You are so spot on. This culture is effed up. And that’s the polite way to put it. Insane, paranoid, certifiably insane is more like it. What white woman, in an all-white town with virtually no crime, needs to carry a loaded weapon? She’s not scared of the so-called “thugs” that white cops like to denigrate, she can’t possibly think she’s gonna be robbed by some urban heroin addict…hmmm…might it be that she swallowed the anti-government, pro-militia, “your gun wiThank you for these words. You are so spot on. This culture is effed up. And that’s the polite way to put it. Insane, paranoid, certifiably insane is more like it. What white woman, in an all-white town with virtually no crime, needs to carry a loaded weapon? She’s not scared of the so-called “thugs” that white cops like to denigrate, she can’t possibly think she’s gonna be robbed by some urban heroin addict…hmmm…might it be that she swallowed the anti-government, pro-militia, “your gun will keep you free” delusion that so many Idahoans seem to live under? Like so many other paranoid freaks roaming the roads of this nation? Despite her alleged degrees, she was a moron. And it seems to be in her family genetics.

    • Sorry – cut and paste didn’t work right.

      Thank you for these words. You are so spot on. This culture is effed up. And that’s the polite way to put it. Insane, paranoid, certifiably insane is more like it. What white woman, in an all-white town with virtually no crime, needs to carry a loaded weapon? She’s not scared of the so-called “thugs” that white cops like to denigrate, she can’t possibly think she’s gonna be robbed by some urban heroin addict…hmmm…might it be that she swallowed the anti-government, pro-militia, “your gun will keep you free” delusion that so many Idahoans seem to live under? Like so many other paranoid freaks roaming the roads of this nation? Despite her alleged degrees, she was a moron. And it seems to be in her family genetics. ll keep you free” delusion that so many Idahoans seem to live under? Like so many other paranoid freaks roaming the roads of this nation? Despite her alleged degrees, she was a moron. And it seems to be in her family genetics.

  4. Bravo! Your every word is spot on. That kid could have just as easily shot someone else’s mother. The situation was beyond stupidity. Love your writing and your attitude!

  5. The NRA and gun humpers are Baal they require the sacrifice of the blood of children upon the Holey Altar of the 2nd Amendment praise be. It doesn’t matter how many children or mothers are killed by Negligent Discharges because the Gun Fanatics KNOW it shall never happen to them because they keep the faith.

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  7. Shutter

    Not that it doesn’t happen everywhere in the Land of the (Nutso) Free but hey, it’s Hayden — the only place in my adult life I saw a ten foot wide swastika flag hanging next to a 6 foot high photograph of Adolf Hitler. In a store.

    On the other hand and way off topic — sort of — just saw a great movie.. ‘Frontera’, about the New Mexico border and a crime taking place there. HIGHLY recommend it. But not in Hayden. Too many angry people up there.

    • Anonymouse

      You see pictures of Idaho and it looks just beautiful. I always thought I wanted to visit, but between the underage Mormon girls being sold as wives, the Aryan Nation and other hate groups freely roaming the area, the meth, and the culture of paranoia…I think I’ll give it a miss.

  8. dugglebogey

    I can only guess that she was carrying her weapon to keep herself and her child from being harmed.

    Double-fail.

    I know it’s a mathematical improbability, but I’m starting to agree with you on going into Wal-Mart. I’ve always noticed that a large percentage of the people there (employees and customers) are broken, but now that I know they’re also potentially armed, I think I might take my business elsewhere.

  9. democommie

    The Darwin Awards people could have a whole book, every year, using just gunzloonz burnin’ stoopit.