Another inexcusable discharge of a firearm, a 3-year-old child was able to get a hold of his mother’s firearm that was sitting in her purse.
The Albuquerque Police Department said in a statement that it appears the toddler managed to take a handgun out of his mother’s purse and fire one shot in the America’s Best Value Inn on Saturday afternoon.
The bullet hit the father in the buttock, exited the man’s hip and then struck the toddler’s mother in the shoulder, according to police. The mother, who is eight months pregnant, is hospitalized in stable condition and the father has been treated and released, police added.
Luckily, the boy’s 2-year-old sister who was sitting next to their mother was not injured.
It’s so simple, folks; Your firearm is your responsibility 100% of the time and if you have young children around, your firearm(s) should be inaccessible. These things are preventable at a rate of 100%. Just last month, the story that came out of an Idaho Walmart showed us just how deadly purse carry can be.
Carrying a firearm is not something to be taken lightly. I don’t know how the firearm was situated in the purse, or whether it had a safety, etc., but I do know that the firearm was accessible by an unauthorized person, in this case a child.