Three-year-old Lance Wilson was shot and killed after "playing a game" with his mother's boyfriend. The toddler was reportedly sitting on 24-year-old Zachariah Grisham's lap when a gun Grisham "forgot was loaded" went off, killing Wilson immediately.
While I'm against guns in any capacity, I get that certain people feel that guns should be legal, if used responsibly. But can we all agree that holding a gun -- whether you "think" it's loaded or not -- while you have a toddler in your lap is 110 percent the opposite of responsible?
On Monday, Grisham was charged with neglect and reckless homicide of a child, and according to the prosecutor, "[Wilson and Grisham] were playing a game. The child pointed his finger at the defendant like he was shooting a gun playing a game, and he pointed a gun out and shot the boy."
I can't, for the life of me, figure out what would possess someone to do this. Even if you thought the gun wasn't loaded. Even if you checked it earlier on in the day. Even if you were basically 100 percent positive there were no bullets in that gun. You don't point it at a child, or anyone, and shoot. I would never, in a million years, point a gun at a kid and pull the trigger, even if jest. But if for some insane reason I was that type of person, you best believe I'd check to see if it were loaded right before doing so.
Hopefully, Grisham spends the rest of his life in jail for allegedly killing this kid whose entire life was ahead of him. That won't bring Lance back. But it'll at least be nice to know that there's one more irresponsible gun owner off the street. Thoughts and prayers to Lance's family.
What do you think of this?
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