A Washington toddler is dead after a horrendous accident involving a handgun and the lack of attention paid by the child's parents. This has to be at least the third report of a child being shot and killed while without parental supervision in the past week alone, so what is going on lately? There are no charges being filed either, which is a big fat disappointment because at the least these parents deserve child endangerment charges.
The three-year old unnamed tot was left alone in a vehicle with his infant sister and a loaded handgun while his father pumped gas and his mother ran inside to pay for it. Apparently the father of this child missed the part about loaded guns being dangerous when they're in reach of children, because instead of putting his weapon somewhere where the child couldn't reach it, he slid it under the car seat. Naturally any parent knows that toddlers, and many young children of varying ages, are observant and curious above all else. Wouldn't common sense dictate that you wouldn't slide a loaded pistol under a car seat before leaving a toddler and infant alone in the vehicle?
Anyway, just as one with common sense would expect to happen, the three-year old boy climbed out of his seat and fished for the gun from beneath the driver's side seat. He shot himself in the head in the matter of minutes, before his parents could stop doing the joint job of getting gas while their children sat in the vehicle with a loaded and easily accessible weapon.
Naveed Benjamin of the Tacoma Police Department summed it all up when he said the following:
"You need to unload and lock it up if you're not carrying it. ... It's really not that hard to practice firearm safety."
He's right. This should be a no-brainer for anyone, much less parents of small children. While these two are certainly mourning the loss of their child, the fact that there are no laws in Washington that could apply to this situation is just mind boggling. They were negligent. They put two young children in danger so carelessly, and they don't even get a slap on the wrist. This is why there needs to be tighter gun laws, federally. The Second Amendment is a great thing, but when careless people continue perpetrating the harms caused by open gun ownership, it makes the whole thing look bad.