If you followed the news over the holiday season, you may have seen a story about the young mother who was fatally shot by her two-year-old son in a Walmart store in Idaho. And without fail, the anti-gun crowd exploited this tragedy to call for more gun safety measures. The term “gun safety” has been hijacked by the anti-gun movement in an attempt to make gun control more palatable to the American public.
On Tuesday, December 30, 2014, Veronica Rutledge was shopping with her two-year-old son and four other children. Ms. Rutledge was licensed to carry a concealed handgun, and was doing so while she was shopping. At some point during the trip – perhaps at a time when she was looking away – the young boy managed to grab his mother’s gun. Tragically, the young boy fired a shot that struck his mother in the head and killed her instantly.
This story is sad all the way around. It is sad for the parents who lost their young, caring daughter; it is sad for the people who called Veronica their friend; and, most of all, it is sad for her young son, and the fact that he will have to live with this tragedy for the rest of his life.
Despite this being a horrific tragedy, it did not take long before the Brady Campaign issue a press release all but blaming Ms. Rutledge for being an irresponsible parent. No, they didn’t mention her by name, but they did take a swipe at any parent that believes a gun can create a safe environment for their children.