Latest 'Accidental' Shooting Confirms People With Guns Shouldn't Have Kids

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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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Elizabeth Gronewald

The next thing to go after would be people who own knives. Children can also play with those if they are not out away properly. Responsible people should raise children. Irresponsible people should learn a little more about safety. Children can hurt themselves with anything.

Bodda... Boddah266

I grew up in a home with *loaded* guns in every room. I was educated and taught from the age of TWO what those guns could do and what would happen if I touched them. 
The problem is not gun owning parents; it's gun owning parents who FAIL to educate their children on the location and dangers of the fire arm.  

Jmsosa Jmsosa

I grew up in a house where my parents owned a gun, and I never even knew about it. It was kept in a locked box at the top of their closet. I didn't find out about it until a few years ago (@ 26 yrs old) when my mom had passed away, and I was helping my dad pack up to move.

Rushn311 Rushn311

It's finally to own guns, just be safe with them and not an idiot!

erica... ericasavannah

he should of found a better place for the gun not between the matters dose he not know that kids will come and jump on the bed am glad that this little girl is ok that she did not get killed

Craft... CraftyJenna

Your title is insulting to all responsible gun owning parents. Idiots should not have guns, period, and only an idiot would stuff a loaded gun under their mattress, especially with children in the house.

AliNo... AliNoelle

IRRESPONSIBLE people with guns maybe shouldn't have kids. This was completely preventable.

Waag Waag

The guy wasn't very bright and probably didn't know much about guns himself if he didn't have the safety on and had it loaded with a child around. We have several guns and we have a child we even take him to the gun range with us. He is taught why he shouldn't mess with them and they are all put out of his reach and we keep them in cases with the safety on bullets in a separate location. That's the smart way to handle guns with kids around. You shouldn't be so stupid as to generize all gun owners in your statement. If they take away our right to have guns all that will happen is the people who are responsible and non criminals won't have guns and the idiots and criminals will. So we will be left without a way to protect our familys or hunt for food.

Water... Water_geM

i want to know why the gun wasnt locked...

Derek S Scammon

Outstanding article, Deborah. I've got some suggestions for future articles you may want to write:
"Latest 'Accidental' Drowning Confirms People With Pools Shouldn't Have Kids"

"Latest 'Accidental' Salmonella Case Confirms People Who Eat Chicken Shouldn't Have Kids"

"Latest 'Accidental' Car Wreck Confirms People With Cars Shouldn't Have Kids"

"Latest 'Accidental' Bear Mauling Confirms People Who Visit National Parks Shouldn't Have Kids"

I really think your chosen area of expertise is a gold mine; good luck with the future articles in this series. I look forward to reading them!

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