In answer to my question at the bottom of this item, which was originally posted back in November:
Holzwarth’s mother in-law told investigators that a couple of days before the shooting she dropped off several trigger locks and encouraged him to secure his guns. Holzwarth allegedly told the woman that he was not going to lock up his Ruger .380 because he needed it for protection, court papers said. Detectives found the locks still in packaging when they searched the scene after the shooting.
This irresponsible idiot has now been charged with reckless endangerment. I certainly hope so.
LAKE STEVENS, Wash. — The parents of a 3-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the face by a 4-year-old neighbor had argued about access to guns at their home, court records show.
The boy’s mother had filed a protection order against the father in January 2013, saying he left a gun in a nightstand and in a car with children. In a divorce filing, he accused her of leaving a handgun in her purse. Both denied the accusations and said they were responsible gun owners, The Seattle Times reported Monday.
The protection order was dismissed a few weeks later due to insufficient evidence of domestic violence, the newspaper reported.
Responsible gun owner/prominent 2nd Amendment “gun rights” advocate Jon Holzwarth was babysitting his three-year-old son and his neighbor’s four-year-old grandson when a totally responsible thing happened: his son somehow was shot in the mouth. Imagine that:
According to Snohomish County deputies, the shooting happened in a bedroom that was locked.
Holzwarth told them he heard a loud boom and ran to the bedroom where his son, Michael, and his neighbor’s 4-year-old grandson were playing.
He forced the locked door open and initially thought his son had gotten hurt that way.
At Providence Everett Medical Center, doctors discovered the boy had been shot in the mouth.
He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
No one answered at Holzwarth’s door where a sign reads: “We don’t dial 9-1-1” with a metal cutout of a pistol dangling below.
There were also emblems about guns on his Jeep.
On Saturday, his son was struggling to survive from a gunshot wound — a tragic irony not lost on his neighbor.
Oh, yes. The irony. I’m sure Holzwarth’s guns protected his family dozens and dozens of times before this tragic incident, though.
Here’s Holzwarth in happier times, protesting a ban on guns in parks in Snohomish County:
“When seconds count and police are minutes away, you need people like me who are mentally stable and know how to handle a gun,” said John Holzwarth, of Lake Stevens. “We need to be out there, in your park, in your theater, in your stadium.”
Yeah, I’m thinking …. no. This is indeed a sad story, and I hope young Michael recovers and dad learns a lesson or two about “responsible gun ownership”: namely, that there is no such thing. Guns in the home are an accident waiting to happen:
According to a report filed by the Washington State Department of Social Health Services, a child or teen is killed once every seven and a half hours with a gun, either by accident or by suicide. In 72 percent of these cases, the firearm used was housed in the victim’s own residence. Many of these weapons were locked away in a secure place, yet 48 percent of those who own guns do not equip them with child safety and trigger locks.
I’d just love to know if Holzwarth believes in trigger locks and other modern technology designed to prevent what happened to his son?