Mom was far from irresponsible!
Her purse was well designed,
With a pocket for a handgun,
So they said.
Yes, the pistol was well hidden,
“Zippered pouch” means “out of mind”
But her two-year-old unzippered;
Now Mom’s dead.
She was careful and well-practiced,
And her husband was as well
They were safer with their handguns
See, a handgun is inanimate
As anyone can tell
So a toddler’s worth, is what this
It’s ok to have a handgun—
If you don’t, you’re tempting fate!—
Cos the cops might come too slow
To your complaint…
Mix a toddler and a handgun,
Then sit back a while and wait…
We can see which one’s important
And which ain’t.
I have nothing new to tell you about the shooting. It’s been all over the news, and as usual all over the comments sections. Also as usual, nothing about the story seems to be changing any minds, as every gun-death story seems to act like a Rorschach ink blot, with each commenter seeing confirmation of their particular argument. By all accounts, the whole family were responsible gun owners (except to commenters who have the benefit of hindsight), trained and practiced, carrying handguns not out of fear or paranoia, but simply because it was what people do.
What a horrible way to end the year. And what a horrible way to begin it–early this morning, another well-trained and practiced, responsible (one would assume, anyway–he is acting police chief of Peachtree City in Georgia) gun owner… called 911 to report that he had accidentally shot his wife. Twice. With his service weapon. At last report, she is in critical condition.
In both of these tragic cases, as in so many others (I lost a friend to an accident with his rifle), these were responsible gun owners up to the point when everything went horribly wrong.