Mom is finding out the hard way

Guns and children do not mix. If it is necessary for some reason to have a gun in the home where children live, the guns should have locks on them . Failing to do so, puts everyone in the household in jeopardy. And this mother just found that out the hard way.

Lin Lin Xie, 43, was caring for her son on Sunday when he found a gun tucked under a couch cushion and took it out to play with it. Of course she took it away from, just like any mother would. However, her mother’s instinct seems to have stopped there. Xie, removed the ammunition clip from the gun and laid it back down.

The boy picked it back up, and then the weapon fired striking Xie in the leg. It seems that when she removed the clip from the gun, she left a bullet in the chambers.

Prosecutors are reviewing the case for possible child endangerment charges.

After the shooting, police removed about 5 other weapons from the home.

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/302371.html

As far as I am concerned, Xie was lucky. No other child in the home was hit by a bullet. The child did not end up shooting himself. And the bullet struck her in the leg, and not the head or chest. What she is suffering is probably painful, and may even cause lasting damage. But she is lucky.

If you have kids in a home, and a gun- it should have a lock on it. All weapons should be treated as if loaded, and should be kept out of the reach of children. And if for some reason, you really feel it is necessary to have a loaded weapon, within easy reach- then it sounds to me like that home is too dangerous for the child to live in.  

I will say it again. Putting the gun on a shelf out of a child’s reach is not enough. Keeping the gun unloaded is not enough. If the gun is going to be in a home where there is a child, the gun should be unloaded, up out of the child’s reach, and should have a saftey lock on it!

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2 Comments

  1. elitist said,

    March 15, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    I have to admit to being thoroughly amused that it shot her instead of the baby.

  2. Lilo said,

    March 15, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    Yea, is it too mean to say that I’m sort of glad she was shot? It just seems like a perfect way for her to learn a lesson.


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