2-year-old accidentally kills his mom in Wal-Mart

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  1. chapped

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    HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) — A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired, authorities said Tuesday.

    Veronica J. Rutledge, 29, was shopping with her son and three other children, Kootenai County sheriff's spokesman Stu Miller said. Rutledge was from Blackfoot in southeastern Idaho, and her family had come to the area to visit relatives.

    She had a concealed weapons permit. Miller said the young boy was left in a shopping cart, reached into his mother's purse and grabbed a small-caliber handgun, which discharged one time
    Deputies who responded to the Wal-Mart found Rutledge dead, the sheriff's office said.

    "It appears to be a pretty tragic accident," Miller said.

    The victim's father-in-law, Terry Rutledge, told The Associated Press that Veronica Rutledge "was a beautiful, young, loving mother."

    "She was not the least bit irresponsible," Terry Rutledge said. "She was taken much too soon."


    The woman's husband was not in the store when the shooting happened at about 10:20 a.m. Miller said the man arrived shortly after the shooting. All the children were taken to a relative's house.

    The shooting occurred in the Wal-Mart in Hayden, Idaho, a town about 40 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington. The store closed and was not expected to reopen until Wednesday morning.

    Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, said in a statement the shooting was a "very sad and tragic accident."

    "We are working closely with the local sheriff's department while they investigate what happened," Buchanan said.

    There do not appear to be reliable national statistics about the number of accidental fatalities involving children handling guns.

    In neighboring Washington state, a 3-year-old boy was seriously injured in November when he accidentally shot himself in the face in a home in Lake Stevens, about 30 miles north of Seattle.

    In April, a 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his 11-year-old sister while they and their siblings played with a gun inside a Philadelphia home. Authorities said the gun was believed to have been brought into the home by the mother's boyfriend.

    Hayden is a politically conservative town of about 9,000 people just north of Coeur d'Alene, in Idaho's northern panhandle.

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    I'm not a gun owner so serious question.... Taking 4 kids to Walmart, why would you need to take a gun? Isn't there some type of safety device on the gun? Wouldn't you guard the bag with your life so the kids wouldn't get to it?
    Are these people white trash rednecks?
    TIA
     
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    "She was not the least bit irresponsible,"

    Um, yes she was. It was her gun, she should have never let it out of her sight. dummy
     
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    That sucks.
     
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    I'm not psychic, but something tells me this will get 1000 X more publicity than blacks murdering blacks in Chicago.
     
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    Accidentally. Mm hmm.
     
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    This made me laugh hysterically.
     
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    That being said there is no excuse for careless handling of guns. If you are going to own a firearm you better have some smarts.
     
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    Dawgs thread is better. :fil:
     
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    Natural selection
     
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    Hey kid didn't get that Sponge Bob toy he wanted for x-mas... someone had to be made an example of..
     
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    Can we merge this with the 2nd amendment thread :nocheer:
     
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    how so?
     
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    nailed it
     
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    Sad deal and very close to home for me.
     
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    oh sure, there will always be irresponsible gun owners, but murder should dwarf accidents in terms of news publicity. then again, blacks killing blacks/whites doesn't fit the "narrative."
     
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    Unfortunately there is no IQ test required to purchase a gun.