little girl jumping on bedWTF is going on? Yet another gun has discharged and accidentally shot a child. It seems to be an epidemic lately. It’s not bad enough we have to wait for some kid or some psycho to steal the family gun and purposely go on a shooting rampage, now we have to worry about guns just randomly discharging and killing our kids! When will people learn to keep their firearms locked up away from children?

Jarquise Upton of Chicago had a gun hidden between the mattresses of the bed. Mr. Upton’s girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter (whew that’s a mouthful) was jumping on the bed when the gun discharged, shooting the 5-year-old in the ankle. It could have been much worse. It could have shot her in the head.

When Mr.Upton was taken into custody he told the cops he kept the gun as "protection from my girl’s baby daddy who messes with me.” I’m guessing shooting Mr. Baby Daddy’s daughter in the ankle is not going to make for a very happy ex baby daddy. Perhaps, Mr.Upton should invest in some karate classes?

When will people learn to keep their guns locked up safely in lock boxes? If you are a parent and you can’t handle your gun responsibly, then perhaps you either shouldn't have the gun or shouldn't have the kids; your choice. Just choose where your priorities are already.

I know all of my gun-carrying friends will argue that guns don’t kill people, people kill people and I agree. Stupid irresponsible people, who bear arms, kill people. I understand you've got a hard-on for your right to bear arms. I get that. But maybe there should be an IQ test, a responsibility test of some sort and definitely a psychological test before we pass out guns to random people off the street.

There are people who use guns responsibly; to hunt and protect themselves. These are also probably the same people who respect the power of a gun, who keep their guns locked up tight and teach their kids proper gun safety. These are not the stupid irresponsible people to whom I am referring.

Speaking of safety, why wasn't the safety on? Jumping on the bed is pretty risky business on its own -- where were the parents? Poor kid, she probably never knew what hit her. I bet she’ll never jump on the bed again. Now, if we could only convince her mother to learn her lesson.

Do you think the right to bear arms entitles you to keep a loaded weapon within children's reach?

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