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irisblue

(33,211 posts)
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 08:32 AM Nov 2023

Mother in Waverly Ohio 2 yr old kid takes gun from her purse in Wally World

Source-https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/pike-county/mother-charged-after-2-year-old-son-discharges-gun-in-waverly-walmart/
Entire article-WAVERLY, Ohio (WCMH) – A mother was charged with endangering children after her toddler fired a gun in Walmart on Thursday.

Authorities responded to a 911 call reporting a gunshot inside the Walmart in Waverly around 11:12 a.m. When they got there, a woman reported to police that her 2-year-old son had gotten ahold of her Taurus 9mm firearm and accidentally discharged it, according to the Waverly Police Department.The woman said her child had taken the firearm from her purse, resulting in an accidental shot being fired. The gunshot went through the ceiling, and the child suffered a minor injury to his forehead due to contact with the magazine, police said.

The child was released to the care of a guardian and taken to an urgent care facility. The woman responsible for the firearm was taken into custody and charged with endangering children. Waverly police did not identify the woman who was arrested.


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Mother in Waverly Ohio 2 yr old kid takes gun from her purse in Wally World (Original Post) irisblue Nov 2023 OP
I don't own a gun, never fired one.... viva la Nov 2023 #1
I've never owned a pistol, don't know much about them. 70sEraVet Nov 2023 #3
Very light trigger pull.... getagrip_already Nov 2023 #11
Many semi-auto handguns have no manual safety, I have two of them myself. Dogs have doc03 Nov 2023 #10
Some years back MOMFUDSKI Nov 2023 #2
Gunfire on aisle two. twodogsbarking Nov 2023 #4
Followed up by....Blue light special in route from local PD to aisle two. usaf-vet Nov 2023 #13
This should not be funny SouthernDem4ever Nov 2023 #14
Responsible gun ownership strikes again Vogon_Glory Nov 2023 #5
Who needs a gun to go shopping??? AllyCat Nov 2023 #6
Ever Been To Waverly? NonPC Nov 2023 #9
A gun makes it so much safer AllyCat Nov 2023 #18
The intellectual level at Wally's worries me bucolic_frolic Nov 2023 #7
I don't have experience with guns, but I have lots of experience trying to find things in my purse tanyev Nov 2023 #8
Wow! Squatchman Nov 2023 #12
Welcome to DU WhiteTara Nov 2023 #16
Hey, you never know when one of those children's park animatronics will go sentient and rampage. TheBlackAdder Nov 2023 #15
Don't know what model Taurus she had, or if all their 9mm pistols have this flaw. patphil Nov 2023 #17

viva la

(3,551 posts)
1. I don't own a gun, never fired one....
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 08:52 AM
Nov 2023

So I've got no experience here. But it seems crazy that a gun is so easy to fire that a two-year-old can find one in a purse and shoot. Toddlers can't go to the toilet on their own. What about the safety? And does pulling a trigger take so little strength?

70sEraVet

(3,739 posts)
3. I've never owned a pistol, don't know much about them.
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 09:18 AM
Nov 2023

But apparently, this brand of pistol is available in a 'no safety' model.

https://www.handgunsmag.com/editorial/taurus-g3c-no-safety-pistol-review/455946

But, as far as I know, any gun can be stored with the safety 'off'.

getagrip_already

(15,857 posts)
11. Very light trigger pull....
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 10:06 AM
Nov 2023

When there is a bullet in the chamber, the firing pin is already back. All the trigger does is release it.

It takes very little pressure. A toddler could easily fire one.

Active safeties should be required on all personal firearms (non leo). Fines should be yuge for chambered rounds.

Bs on the speed argument. Take a class. Practice. It is a second or two.

doc03

(35,917 posts)
10. Many semi-auto handguns have no manual safety, I have two of them myself. Dogs have
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 10:03 AM
Nov 2023

accidentally fired guns and killed people. A 3-year-old shot his 7-year-old brother near where I live last year.
The parents had a loaded gun under their bed. It was all kept quiet, as far as I know nobody was ever charged.

 

MOMFUDSKI

(7,080 posts)
2. Some years back
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 09:14 AM
Nov 2023

a little boy in the child seat of a grocery cart pulled the trigger on the gun in his mom’s purse and accidentally killed her.

Vogon_Glory

(9,299 posts)
5. Responsible gun ownership strikes again
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 09:29 AM
Nov 2023

The MAGA Republicans and the NRA have waged a successful campaign not only agains firearms restrictions, but also firearms training. I do not favor banning all firearms,, but I strongly believe that gun owners should be forced to take gun safet classes, particularly in built-up areas.

NonPC

(310 posts)
9. Ever Been To Waverly?
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 09:59 AM
Nov 2023

Waverly is in the heart of southern Ohio's drug belt. I don't even like driving down US23 -- let alone stopping there.

bucolic_frolic

(44,744 posts)
7. The intellectual level at Wally's worries me
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 09:47 AM
Nov 2023

I am cognizant of the exits, the escape routes, the employee only doors. Be prepared to sprint at any time.

The lower the IQ the more ballistic capability.

tanyev

(43,225 posts)
8. I don't have experience with guns, but I have lots of experience trying to find things in my purse
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 09:52 AM
Nov 2023

and it seems pretty obvious there's a much greater chance of accidentally firing the gun while trying to find a breath mint than there is of successfully accessing the gun in the very rare situation where it might be useful.

 

Squatchman

(18 posts)
12. Wow!
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 10:07 AM
Nov 2023

A Taurus that actually works.

That being said ,this a good example of what can happen carrying a gun off body.
They make purses for men and women(yes men) for carrying pistols but still its a good way for someone to easily take.
And yes some handguns don't have safeties. No revolver built has one. Glock pistols have no external safeties as do some other manufacturers.

As to this mother she should be prosecuted for not keeping her firearm secure. Be made an example for other gun owners to keep their guns secure.
And for buying a Taurus.


WhiteTara

(29,839 posts)
16. Welcome to DU
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 11:11 AM
Nov 2023

I do hope they charge her sufficiently that she is an example to all other people who are careless with their weapons in public.

Glad you're here.

TheBlackAdder

(28,509 posts)
15. Hey, you never know when one of those children's park animatronics will go sentient and rampage.
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 10:53 AM
Nov 2023

I've seen future world.

patphil

(6,517 posts)
17. Don't know what model Taurus she had, or if all their 9mm pistols have this flaw.
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 11:19 AM
Nov 2023

Watch the video:



This demonstrates exactly how even a 2-year old could fire that gun, even with the "safety" on.
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