Bad Gun Owner: Grandmother Shoots Her 7 Year Old Grandson Mistaking Him For Intruder

August 20 2014
by GSL Staff
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Wow, where to even begin in this story of multiple preventable mistakes?

First off, this story is tragic, and we are hoping that the young victim makes a full and speedy recovery. First off, let’s get a little background info. From the LA Times,

Linda Maddox, 63, was sleeping in her bedroom with her twin grandsons after their father had gone to work, said Cristal Bermudez Nunez of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Concerned about her safety, Maddox had placed a chair against the bedroom door handle for “extra protection” before going to bed at about 11:45 p.m., Bermudez Nunez said. A loaded .22-caliber revolver sat on the floor next to the mattress.

Just before 1 a.m., sheriff’s deputies say, Maddox heard the chair sliding against the hardwood floor. Believing there was an intruder, Maddox grabbed the gun and fired one shot toward the door.

Unfortunately, it was not an intruder Maddox shot, but one of her grandsons. He was taken to an area hospital where is listed in critical but stable condition.

Now, let’s look at how this could have been prevented. First, why was there a loaded gun laying beside the bed, on the floor, in a room where children were sleeping.

Second, even in a possible defensive situation, you identify your target. This one is just a must do. If you’re firing blindly, you’re just committing multiple negligent discharges in my opinion.

Third, better planning than a chair wedged against your bedroom door would be prudent. Good locks, an alarm system, and possibly a dog (but please don’t get a dog just for security) would all be things to help determine when there was a real threat.

Once again, proper education, planning and gun safety are the issues here.

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