A 2-year-old Clarendon County boy shot by a 3-year-old relative early Monday afternoon is recovering at a Columbia hospital.
Tosha Beaver said her son “has come a long way” since the shooting, which happened at a home on Paradise Road near the Jordan community of Clarendon County. According to reports, a 23-year-old woman listed as the victim’s aunt was walking with the boys from a neighbor’s home.
“(She) stated that the boys ran in the house ahead of her,” reads a Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by The Item on Wednesday and verified by a family member of the victim. “Shortly after that, she heard a gunshot.”
“(The aunt) stated she and her husband ... ran into the house to see what happened, and (saw) the 3-year-old with the gun in his hand and the 2-year-old lying on the floor,” according to the report written by Sgt. Barney R. Dozier.
The boy was shot through both legs and was initially taken to Clarendon Memorial Hospital. The aunt told deputies the gun is always kept in a cabinet but that the older child somehow managed to get the gun. According to reports, the shooting is being treated as an accident.
If you have guns in your house and think your kids don't know where they are, or how to access them, you are sadly, and dangerously, mistaken.
Studies have already proven that a gun in the home is far more likely to injure a family member then to EVER be used to defend the home, and yet people still keep these deadly weapons unsecured within their homes.
Still some people are adamant that ANY law which might restrict their access to every possible weapon imaginable is unconstitutional, as evidence by the two Colorado Democrats who were recalled the other day for helping to pass stricter gun control laws after the rampage at Sandy Hook.
However in a bit of good news Missouri has decided NOT to make following Federal restrictions on gun ownership against the law, and arrest Federal agents trying to enforce them. So there's that.
You know I simply cannot imagine how much more devastating of an attack we must suffer at the hands of a gun wielding psychopath for people in this country to finally rise up and say that owning guns is fine, but you MUST obtain a license, take instructional courses, and pass a background check first.
To me that is simply common sense.