TN Mom Wants Gun Control After Shooting, But It's Unnecessary

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Any parent's worst nightmare is something happening to their kids. While the world is a rough place and horrible things happen, we'd just as soon never see the truly horrible happen to our own children.


This is natural.

For one Tennessee mother, though, that nightmare became reality when her two-year-old daughter was shot. 

Now, she's calling for gun control in the wake of the shooting.

A mother is asking for better gun control after her 2-year-old daughter was shot in the face in May.

According to the Knoxville Police Department, two boys, a 12- and 14-year-old, were charged after they were accused of shooting 2-year-old Wynter Thomas. Shortly after the shooting, Knoxville Police said after a firearm was unintentionally discharged inside an apartment. While she recovers in the ICU, her mom Chardae Thomas is asking for prayers, and better protections.

“I hope we can get some type of gun control in this world so that this doesn’t happen to any more kids, its really scary that it happened to my baby, and it was some babies pretty much that did it,” said Chardae Thomas.

I get her being upset, but I'm curious just what kind of gun control she thinks would have actually prevented this.

It should be noted that these were children, so it's not like they went into a gun store, bought the gun, took it home, and then accidentally shot a two-year-old.

In fact, both have been charged.

According to KPD, a 12-year old boy and a 14-year-old boy have been charged with felony reckless endangerment and juvenile in possession of a firearm. Police added that additional charges are likely.

We don't know where they got the gun, of course, though they likely either obtained it via a black market source or it belonged to an adult who lived in the home and was somehow left unsecured.


"So there you have it. 'Safe' storage laws would have prevented this."

Not necessarily.

Anyone with a lick of sense understands that you should secure your firearms when not in use, especially if you have kids in the home. You can teach them responsibility all you want, but kids are predisposed to do stupid stuff. You can't just trust that they'll never touch an unsecured firearm.

If someone doesn't, however, means they're also not likely to even think about securing it even if the law demands it. And that's if they're even aware of the law, which a lot of people wouldn't be. After all, most states have a statute that can be applied in a situation like this anyway and yet, most people are unaware of it.

I get that Ms Thomas is upset about her baby. God knows I would be too. However, calls for gun control aren't really about her daughter. They're about something she was predisposed to want before the incident, and she's using that to justify her call.

These were children, which Thomas acknowledges. What she doesn't acknowledge is that they didn't lawfully obtain a firearm in the first place. Maybe in her status as a concerned mother, she's not thinking things through. I don't really know.

What I do know, however, is that her calls for gun control are, at best, misguided.

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