Young Child in Critical Condition Aft...

Young Child in Critical Condition After Shooting Self

There are 392 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Jun 9, 2008, titled Young Child in Critical Condition After Shooting Self. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

The City of Columbia Police Department says a young child has been shot at a Sam's Club in Columbia, and they say the child is now in critical condition.

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Columbia, SC

#98 Jun 9, 2008
This is tragic, and I am sure the Grandmother will never ever get over what happened, so she has been punished enough; however people should THINK when handling guns. A gun does not belong in your purse. Even with today's crime issues, this is not Dodge City and people should not be packing in a department or grocery store full of innocent people who don't carry guns.

It was just an accident waiting to happen.

My prayers are with the child and the family.......

Since: Jan 07

Bluefield, WV

#99 Jun 9, 2008
Im probably going to get blasted for this but here goes. I was raised up around guns and yes at a very young age knew better than to touch one. My opinion is that if you are going to have a gun then teach your children how to be responsible as well. A person should have the right to defend themselves, their families, and thier property and if that requires carrying a gun then it requires carrying a gun. Think safety as well. Gun safety classes are available at most sheriffs departments for adults and children. Dont keep a bullet in the chamber. Keep the safety on. Keep guns out of reach of children. But for their own sake teach them gun safety and drill it often.

Blythewood, SC

#100 Jun 9, 2008
eye4eye wrote:
all these "where did the gun come from" questions, did you read the article? gezzz.

Sumter, SC

#101 Jun 9, 2008
Heather Keys wrote:
This breaks my heart. I know the grandmother must feel really awful about this but she should not have a gun in her purse with her grandchild with her. She lacks common sense. Plus, she should not have had the gun on her in Sam's anyway. A concealed weapons license does not give you the right to carry the firearm in a store. Just read the signs on the doors of the stores you enter.
You are wrong! if the store is not legally posted we have every right to carry. If the store is legally posted then we can not. this has nothing to do with being in Sams or any store. it is just a bad thing that happened. And you can teach your childrean at a young age as 4 that guns are not toys and do not touch. we were. never had the desire to play with it. but then parents now days do not want to tell their children no to anything. if you teach them at a young age they are dangerous and then older how to handle them you are being responsible. what about parents that let their kids drive without being properly trained on driving and then the kid kills himself or someone else with that car. are you as outraged then?

Columbia, SC

#102 Jun 9, 2008
phi beta kappa wrote:
<quoted text>How would prison time benefit anyone from this tragic situation.
Because not only did she put her granddaughter's life in jeopary - everyone in Sam's lives were in jeopary. And even if she has a CWP, there are places you can't carry a gun. Sams is one of them. She broke the law.
Virginia from Columbia

West Columbia, SC

#103 Jun 9, 2008
AbbyLabbysMom wrote:
Not one person posting has asked this question:
Every handgun has a 'safety' switch near the trigger. Why in the world would anyone with three working neurons and a CWP be careless enough carry a loaded gun in a purse with the safety off? If you drop it, or swing it wrong, something in the purse can catch the trigger and fire it. In order for the weapon to fire you must have the safety in the OFF position. When the safety is in the ON position the trigger is blocked and the gun will not fire. It takes a conscious effort to switch safety to ON, and I think that it is not something that a child could easily do.
The issue of having it loose in a purse (unzipped?) with a 4-year old in the cart is a separate issue, but relates to carelessness, too. My heart goes out to the grandmother and the little girl, I hope she makes it. The grandmother will have to live with the result of this tragic situation (I cannot call it an accident, just carelessness to the 3rd degree. Guns can be used safely, and she learned a hard hard lesson today. Hopefully someone else will learn it from her without her consequences.
My heart goes out to the employees and customers of the store, too, they must be shaken to the core about this.
By the way you would be surprised what children can do. My oldest could open up the child proof tops on things when she was about 11 months old. It's not hard for a four year old to figure it out neither. The child might have seen the grandmother or someone else undo the safety before. Children are getting smarter and smarter.

Summerville, SC

#104 Jun 9, 2008
PKB wrote:
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Thank you!! finally someone with some sense. I am a female CWP owner and it is true- carrying is hard. i carry in my pocketbook but also have a holster but is really only uselful if I wear jeans. womens pants just are not made to hold the weight of a gun unless you wear a belt and not all pants are made that way. this is just a freak accident. but it does seem the child may have had easy access to it.
Thank You, PKB. I have made a point to help several female friends, girlfriends, and relatives gun literate and put them in a position to take responsibility for their own safety, over the years. I have always had an uneasy attitude about carrying in a purse for several reasons. Being a male of medium stature, it can be difficult for me in weather like we now have and I'm sure it is more difficult for a woman. While most people probably want to carry the biggest thing that they can conceal, you may want to look into the new .380 semi-auto that Ruger has on the market. Also, check out some of the excellent books by Paxton Quigly regarding female CWP and safe carry.
Concerned Carolinian

Springdale, AR

#105 Jun 9, 2008
First, we all should pray that the little girl pulls through this unfortunate situation. Second, even if she had a permit for the gun, the question needs to be asked why did the grandmother feel she needed to carry it into Sam's? It should have been left locked in the glove box of her vehicle with a trigger lock. Regardless of your race or social-economic status, when grandmothers have to carry guns we need to ask ourselves where did we as Carolinians go wrong?

Columbia, SC

#106 Jun 9, 2008
"And even if she has a CWP, there are places you can't carry a gun. Sams is one of them. She broke the law."

Wrong. If the store is not posted with a very specific sign prohibiting concealed carry - which that Sam's is not - there is nothing in state law that prohibits carrying there.

Columbia, SC

#108 Jun 9, 2008
My prayers go out to this child as well as her family. May God please be with her and help her to pull through this.

Columbia, SC

#109 Jun 9, 2008
GCINLC wrote:
Guns don't kill people, people do. BullShi$!!! Here's a primary example why we don't need guns in modern day society.
Accidents happen. If a car had driven over the girl in the parking lot, would you have called for a ban on motor vehicles?

United States

#110 Jun 9, 2008
Valid permit or not. Where does common sense come in to the picture. She knew she had her young grandchild with her. Why not leave the weapon at home or locked in the glove box. People amaze me.

“Preggo again! ”

Since: Jan 08

Back in Columbia

#111 Jun 9, 2008
I hope and pray the child will be ok. The safety should always be on to help avoid situations like this. Still this is a tragedy and hopefully the child will be okay and fully recovery.

“Preggo again! ”

Since: Jan 08

Back in Columbia

#112 Jun 9, 2008
Nick Fury wrote:
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I hope SHE is okay as well. Read the damn article. People have a two second long attention span nowadays.
My first comment was made before the story was updated.
not on the late freight

Irmo, SC

#113 Jun 9, 2008
eye4eye wrote:
all these "where did the gun come from" questions, did you read the article? gezzz.
This article has been updated at least three times so far, please quit nitpicking and pray for this child
jerry garcia

Lexington, SC

#114 Jun 9, 2008
nunya23 wrote:
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My first comment was made before the story was updated.
did you have an innebriated weekend??
jerry garcia

Lexington, SC

#115 Jun 9, 2008
nunya23 wrote:
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My first comment was made before the story was updated.
you know I'm just poking

“Preggo again! ”

Since: Jan 08

Back in Columbia

#116 Jun 9, 2008
jerry garcia wrote:
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did you have an innebriated weekend??
Lol!! Oh no, I need to change that. No more drinking for me.

“Pray for Clay”

Since: Apr 08

Gaston (hope not for long)

#117 Jun 9, 2008
wow thats crazy y did she have a gun in her purse??????????
Are you serious? For protection of course. We live in a world where women are kidnapped, beaten, raped, and murdered every day. There is also the potential to be robbed, especially with gas prices so high. She had a right, and from what I read a permit, to carry that weapon. The weapon isn't the issue. The issue is the responsibility of carrying that weapon. As a CWP holder, she knows better than to leave that weapon unattended, especially around children. I have family members who keep one in their pocketbooks but those pocketbooks are ALWAYS under their total control. It is just instinct, like a policeman protecting his weapon on his hip. I have always taught my girls NEVER to touch a gun....toy or not....because you don't know if it is real or not and you don't know if it is loaded or not and someone could end up hurt. I have taught this to them just about from birth. But even being taught, kids are going to do whatever they want so the responsibility lies with the adult and I'm sure that grandmother feels horrible!

Charleston, SC

#118 Jun 9, 2008
Cayce wrote:
How terribly tragic. I'm sure the child's grandmother is in agony over what happened.
This definately speaks to the need to consider and observe gun safety. The safety of children has to be put first. It's not reasonable to think you could "train" a 4 year old not to use a gun. There's a reason why 4 year olds can't own guns. The child could have shot bystanders and her grandmother as well with no understanding of what was going on. Either way it's a tragedy.
We defintely need to pray for the child and her family. We also need to pray that more adults will realize the importance of gun safety training and what it teaches!
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