This is a discussion on Really, Really Bad : Toddler Shot & Killed Accidentally within the Basic Gun Handling & Safety forums, part of the General Firearm Discussion category; Originally Posted by TSiWRX There is a Chinese proverb - that it is the greatest curse of the Gods to outlive one's own child. As ...
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Update : No Charges Filed in Toddler Shooting Death
Still vey tragic. Here is the article from our local paper.
No charges filed in toddler shooting death - The Herald DispatchNo charges filed in toddler shooting death
June 14, 2011 @ 12:00 AM
DAVID E. MALLOY
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. -- No criminal charges will be filed in connection with the death last month of 2-year-old Kathlynn "Addison" Tussey, said Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice.
The case was presented Monday to a Boyd County grand jury. The panel returned 10 indictments in unrelated cases, but no charges were filed in connection with the death of the girl, who accidentally shot herself with a gun left in an unlocked console in a parking lot outside Cheddar's Restaurant at the Ashland Town Center Mall.
"I felt it ought to be looked at," Justice said. "The grand jury saw fit not to return an indictment. I cannot say I disagree with them. It was a very tragic situation."
The child picked up a loaded, small-caliber handgun with no external safety on it and shot herself in the face. She died at a Huntington hospital later that day. Her father, Gary Tussey, has a concealed weapons permit for the handgun. He was inside paying for his family's meal and his wife, Brandy Tussey, was putting a baby into a child safety seat when the gun went off, according to Ashland police.
Ashland police investigated the shooting and chose not to file any charges in the case. That investigation was presented Monday to the grand jury.
"In any situation involving children or the elderly, I let (the grand jury) make the decision," Justice said.
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I'm of the opinion that people should be licensed to have children. This is sad, & ridiculous.
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My feelings are very conflicted.
A part of me says that there should be someone speaking for the child, and that person would hold the parents accountable.
At the same time, as a parent, myself, I cannot imagine the pain that those two must be going through. Those of us who are "parents who carry," we carry in-part to protect what's dearest to us - our children. I do not doubt that these parents feel the same.
I also can't help but feel that the child's siblings would be worse-off without one or both parent: they were out for a family meal at a place that kids enjoy, the parents obviously care enough about their children to properly secure them in child-seats. A moment's carelessness - and how many of us who are parents can say that we've *never* had such moments, be it with firearms or otherwise? that we just got lucky on? - here led to a lifetime's worth of regret and pain.
As I said before, I think that what they are going through, personally and as a pair, is probably worse than anything we can give them, as society, as punishment and retribution.
A part of me wants accountability, but a part of me also says "enough." I'm having a very hard time reconciling the two.
I also hope that these parents will share their story with others - maybe some kind of public-service thing, to integrate with CCW/CHL classes. I know that I've learned from this story, I hope others do, too.
In the wake of a tragedy such as this, hindsight is always 20/20. If the gun had not been accessible to the child, this wouldn't have happened. If the gun had not had a round already chambered, it's doubtful that this would have happened either. I'm slowly switching my thinking from carrying unchambered to carrying chambered, but to me, carrying chambered means that you are actually carrying. It doesn't mean leaving the gun in the console of a car with one in the chamber.
We had a similar incident in Tennessee several months ago. A toddler picked a weapon up from a table thinking it was a video game controller and shot herself. Once again, an unattended handgun with a round chambered.
^ Well put. Hindsight is always 20/20. I think that it is for that reason we should examine cases like this in-detail, not to render judgement, but so as to learn from it.
For me, the rules for myself are simple: the gun's either on me or in my immediate possession (i.e. I'm actively "doing something" with it), or it's locked (actually locked, denying access) away.
With or without one in the chamber, to me, is almost irrelevant in terms of child-access. Even without one in the pipe, there is still the possibility that the child - however small and physically supposedly incapable of chambering the round - manages to do so. What's not to say that a toddler just-so knocks the pistol off the table, with it's rear sight or the ejection port catching on the edge of it, and their body-weight and momentum managing to chamber?
For me and my new wife, kids aren't an option that's on the table anytime soon, so at the moment her Kahr CW9 sits on the nightstand in its shelf, my 12-gauge is under the couch and my S&W M&P .40c usually sits in its holster on one arm of the couch or another. Depends on whether I plop myself down at the computer desk or on the Comfy Sack. Once kids decide to come along that'll all change. My M&P will always be on me, unless I buy a smaller gun for home carry, and her Kahr will probably be locked up. As for the shotgun, well, it's hard to say because we'd have to find a bigger place to live before we could have kids.
Even now though, my M&P is never, ever unattended in my vehicle. It is either on me or in a lockbox that's bolted to the floorboard. There's no reason that child should have been able to grab that gun. That's just not acceptable. Unfortunately these parents paid with the life of their child. I can't imagine the hurt that's causing.
While a part of me wants to say someone needs to pay for their criminal negligence, another part of me knows they already are...
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This is what pediatricians are talking about and why they have taken the position they have...
As a parent myself, my guns are either on my person, in a proper holster that covers the trigger, OR they are locked up in a safe. When I handle them, I close and lock the door to avoid distractions.
While perhaps not a factor in this particular case, this illustrates one of the dangers of "no gun zones." They force you to leave your weapon in your car, where it can be easily stolen, or fall into the wrong hands. While a vehicle safe helps, it is not a cure-all. And the fact is that the less you handle your weapon, the lower the risk of a negligent discharge. While we would all like to be safe all the time, the fact is that we all get tired, or distracted at times - especially if you have kids (I'm working on two years without a single night of uninterrupted sleep, thanks to our daughter). Had this gun been on the parent's body in a holster, this would not have happened.
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I'm a father of a 5 year-old. I've always dropped her off at "school" in the morning, and picked her up in the afternoon. I know the names of all her playmates. I'm the first face she sees in the morning, and the last she sees at night (and during the night). This is not to slight my wife - who is an incredible woman that juggles not only her career and family, but is a loving and caring wife on top of it all - but rather, it's to say that I spend a lot of time with children, and I've seen the strange and unexplainable things that they can accomplish.
"Statistical probability" doesn't matter much to me - it's the unlikely potential that really chills me to the bone. How likely is it for the deceased child to have gotten into the console and shot herself? That's what I'm afraid of, and that's why my firearms are either in my hands/on my body or locked and inaccessible (in some manner or another).
I agree, removing the round from the chamber is probably better than nothing, when the firearm is mishandled and left out in the open for anyone to come by and pick it up...and so is completely clearing the firearm of any ammo. Actually, prior to my daughter demonstrating inherent/unprompted understanding of the meaning of a firearm to be unloaded and "clear," I actually took the extra step of keeping the HD pistols in my quick-access safe both clear and with the magazine out.
But the primary safety is still in having the firearm truly inaccessible.
I think that's a very important thing to highlight, particularly for new parents who have not yet come to a full understanding of just how distracting kids can be.
That's why I'd written what I did to the member who is a mother, and who is in the process of trying to choose whether to carry or not.
When I'm arming up in the AM, I tell my daughter that I need privacy to finish dressing. As I'm clearing the gun from the holster that it's stored in overnight, press-checking and making sure that the mag is topped-off, that is not a time when I want her running around and goofing off in my proximity.
Again, +1, emphatically.While perhaps not a factor in this particular case, this illustrates one of the dangers of "no gun zones." They force you to leave your weapon in your car, where it can be easily stolen, or fall into the wrong hands. While a vehicle safe helps, it is not a cure-all. And the fact is that the less you handle your weapon, the lower the risk of a negligent discharge. While we would all like to be safe all the time, the fact is that we all get tired, or distracted at times - especially if you have kids (I'm working on two years without a single night of uninterrupted sleep, thanks to our daughter). Had this gun been on the parent's body in a holster, this would not have happened.
I am still improving my techniques/practices for in-car disarming, heading in to "no gun zones."
That is sad to hear. but my question is why was the gun close enough for the child to reach? that is stupid thing right there. Why was the gun not on the person or lock up unloaded.
These aren't bad people. Somebody had a lapse in judgement. Somebody made a terrible mistake and a tragedy occurred. Now you want to punish them further.....to prove, exactly what? Do you think that this incident won't haunt them the rest of their lives? Obviously, the death penalty would end their suffering. What penalty are you proposing?