This week a 2-year-old in South Carolina found a gun in the back seat of the car he was riding in and accidentally shot his grandmother, who was sitting in the passenger seat. This type of thing happens from time to time: A little kid finds a gun, fires it, and hurts or kills himself or someone else. These cases rarely bubble up to the national level except when someone, like a parent, ends up dead.
But cases like this happen a lot more frequently than you might think. After spending a few hours sifting through news reports, I've found at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler 3 or younger. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself.
I don't even know what to say here.
My first thought is that I wonder what mental illness the NRA will suggest drove these babies to kill themselves or their loved one.
But then I just get so angry that I want to type a long string of expletives and leave it at that.
This is what results from being told time and time again that guns are a tool for self defense, and not a weapon designed to take lives.
This is the world that we live in today.
And that should shame us all.