Sometimes life is so tragically ironic that we can only be living in a play. So goes the sad story Friday, wherein a 4-year-old child got a hold of a gun, and shot a 7-month-old baby in a house that boldly advertised its inhabitants were armed and prepared to shoot.
A sign outside the Temple, Texas home where the tragic shooting took place read, “The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes. The response time of a .357 is 14 hundred feet per second.”
Indeed, police responded to a 911 call coming from that very home at about 2:30 pm, made by a woman assumed to be the Mother. A neighbor described a limp bloody baby being carried to an ambulance by emergency services. The baby was reportedly breathing and taken to McLane Children’s Hospital. Details are sparse, but so far it looks to be an accident. Another gun accident.
Accident... It makes me think of another high profile accident in which a father tragically broke with his normal morning routine. He forgot he had his baby in the car, went to work, and after a hot day and the ensuing tragic discovery, he was sent to jail. For years. For an accident. I don’t recall hearing about any parents being similarly convicted in gun related accidents. Why is that? Kids left in hot cars, parents jailed. Kids get a hold of carelessly stored guns, no punishment. Why?
I believe that knowing you injured your child is painful and punishment enough, my problem is the double standard always apologizing for "the gun."
By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca