“According to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, [Melissa Ann] Ringhardt [above] had been living in the Read family home for the past few months,” 12newsnow.com reports. “On Monday, Ringhardt was left in the home with 5-year-old John Read and another 6-month-old child belonging to Kayla and Joe Read. Ringhardt told investigators that she was carrying a handgun on her person in the home that day because she was scared being at home alone. The handgun was a semi-automatic .40 caliber pistol. Ringhardt left the handgun on a coffee table in the living room and went to the bedroom to take a nap. When she was awakened from her nap, she noticed she didn’t see John around the house. She began looking until she found him deceased in the living room with the fatal gunshot wound.” A few problems with the story . . .
First and foremost, a child is dead. As the proud parent of four girls, I can imagine the grief and horror John Read’s parents must be experiencing. Every parent can. We don’t want to, but we can. Second, how did Ms. Ringhardt sleep through a gunshot? That makes no sense whatsoever. And third, it’s important to realize that tragedies like this occur on a regular (if statistically insignificant) basis; children wander off and take themselves out of the gene pool. In other words . . .
Instead of a gun, it could have been drinking bleach, walking out of the house into the road, or anything. Kids do not watch themselves, RESPONSIBLE teens or adults do. Many prayers and blessing to the family. Poor chose [sic] on the 19 yr. olds part, not a particular good idea to take a nap was it? Now you have ruined the rest of your life.
Commentator Karen knows the score. But personal responsibility is not the guiding principle of those who would gladly sacrifice our liberty for their dystopian dreams of paternalistic social control.
Anyway, this is yet another argument for on-body carry. No human being is going to take my gun out of my holster while I’m napping without waking me up. (Note: my kids know better anyway.) And if you’re that paranoid, use a retention holster. Or drink lots of coffee. Meanwhile, remember: firearms responsibility starts at home. Unfortunately, tragically, so does irresponsibility.