While we know guns had nothing to do with the tragedy today that took the lives of Virginia TV station WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, in addition to the suicide of the shooter, a disgruntled former employee of the station, we thought we’d mention some other recent deaths in which guns had nothing to do with anything. Because while it’s far too soon to talk about guns in relation to the Virginia murders, maybe it’s not too soon to talk about these other shootings. (We are joking you, of course. It is never the right time to talk about guns.)
So, how has the Second Amendment been protecting all the others lately? In addition to stories we’ve already reported this month, like the responsible gun owner who murdered his two preschoolers or the Oklahoma gentleman who fired a gun into his own arm while protecting a “Muslim-free” gun shop from terrorists, we found a few other examples, all within the past month:
- In Hoover, Alabama, 31-year-old Divine Chambliss was taking a nap on Aug. 18 when his 2-year-old son found a hidden gun and pulled the trigger, killing his father. The little boy told his mother, “I hurt my dad.” The family has not said whether it is comforted by the possibility that, had the federal government attempted to usurp the individual liberties enshrined in the Constitution at some time before he was killed by his own toddler, Mr. Chambliss could have used the handgun to remain free.
- In Washington DC, 3-year-old Dalis Cox was shot to death by her 7-year-old brother on July 29, with an unregistered handgun that the boy had somehow gotten his hands on. It is believed that, under different circumstances, the gun used in this shooting could have been used to prevent the Obama administration from declaring martial law and canceling elections forever.
- A 21-month-old boy in Hanley Hills, Missouri, was pronounced dead Tuesday after he shot himself in the stomach with a handgun that he found in his home. An arrest has been made in the case, although the identity of the person arrested has not yet been released. Yr Wonkette feels obliged to point out that an armed populace is the only thing that keeps us free to report this unfortunate event.
- The shooting in Hanley Hills comes a week after eight-year-old Jamyla Boldenan was fatally injured by shots fired into her home in Ferguson, five miles away. The girl’s mother was also injured in the incident. While the criminal use of guns is unfortunate, this event does prove the wisdom of providing lots and lots more guns to good people to protect against such crimes, when they transpire so quickly that the victims are dead long before a responsible gun owner could reach for their gun. Eternal vigilance! Perhaps if Jamyla’s parents really loved her, they’d have carried at all times and been ready for whenever some unknown assailant might approach their home. And then they’d also be able to resist when jackbooted federal thugs come to take their guns in the prelude to the imposition of a hypothesized fascist dictatorship.
- On Aug. 8, a Houston man broke into his ex’s home, then shot the woman, her husband, and six children to death, including his own son. Before their relationship went bad, the victim had at some point in the past called the man the “best father in the whole world,” at least until they broke up and she changed her locks in fear of him. While it’s true that he murdered eight people with his gun, we feel compelled to note that the only thing preventing Congress from revoking all of our rights is the fear of an armed populace, so it all balances out. Just think how many kids might be killed in the imposition of a tyrannical government.
- An 11-year-old Detroit boy was charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a 3-year old on Aug. 3. This seems like an excellent occasion to recall NRA’s CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s assertion in a 2014 speech that “we know something already has gone wrong. That’s why more Americans are buying firearms and ammunition.” To protect ourselves and our children. Who seem to keep finding our guns and shooting themselves, each other, and us.
- And finally, some almost good news: A Miami 3-year-old who, on Aug. 5, grabbed a gun while rummaging around in a dresser drawer and shot himself in the head is expected to make a full recovery. His mother explained that she and the child’s father both kept firearms in their apartment for personal protection, and that the weapons were secured by being kept in dresser drawers where the child couldn’t possibly reach them, unless maybe he used a chair. Oh, he used a chair. The NRA actually doesn’t give two shits about any of this, or about Americans preserving their liberty, because they are a lobby for the firearms industry.
We could have listed many more stories — each one an isolated incident — that came up in a search of “child shot” within the last month, but we wanted to finish this piece sometime today. Also, we suppose it might be worth noting that despite the contention that the Second Amendment is inviolate because it is part of our Constitution and the Founders never wanted that fact to ever change, some Hollywood liberal posted this quote — carved into the marble of the Jefferson Memorial, even — to Twitter Wednesday morning:
This Jefferson guy sounds like a dangerous radical who doesn’t really love America or want us to stay safe.