“Jamal Daniel Todman, 34, went inside to pick up his 3-year-old son from a Neighborhood Kids Academy day care off Chickasaw Trail near Lake Underhill Road,” orlandosentinel.com reports. “His 5-year-old son, Judah Todman, pulled out the gun [from the vehicle’s glove box] and it accidentally went off.” In other words, Judah Todman shot himself in the head — and died from his injuries. This incident isn’t as straightforward as it seems . . .
The simple takeaway: Mr. Todman was an irresponsible gun owner. He should not have left an unsecured firearm in the car when his son was alone in the car. And I’m not going to argue the point or debate his arrest.
But I am going to point out that the large number of “gun free zones” — stores, restaurants, bars, post offices and other government buildings, etc.– ensures that law-abiding gun-carrying citizens have to disarm and leave their gun in their vehicle when they’re out and about.
Obviously, “gun free zones” aren’t responsible for this tragedy. But their prevalence increases the likelihood of these events. And, lest we forget, increase the amount of guns stolen from vehicles.
And while children mature at different rates, most five-year-olds are capable of learning The Four Rules of Gun Safety.
I don’t know if Mr. Todman taught young Judah [actual] gun safety, but he sure as Hell should have. As should every parent, whether they own a gu or not. In a country with 300 million-plus guns, to not do so is entirely irresponsible.