It can be hard deciding where to safely store your home defense firearm, especially when you have a wee bairn running around the family manse. Naturally, you want the gat to be quickly available for easy access. At the same time, there’s the imperative to protect the child and keep it out of his or her reach. In the case of Donald and Tracy Greeson, they apparently weren’t particularly concerned about that second consideration. As orlandosentinel.com reports, Lake County deputies were called to the house and found that their “4-year-old had shot off part of his left ring finger with a .40-caliber handgun that was kept in a couch at his home in Altoona, according to a sheriff’s report.” As if a toddler who’s now down a partial digit weren’t bad enough . . .
Donald Greeson, a convicted felon, initially told deputies he’d left the gun on top of an entertainment center in the living room, but later admitted to putting it in the corner of the sofa the night before. Greeson also admitted to smoking marijuana, taking prescription pills and usingmeth as recently as two days before the shooting. He was charged with child neglect, unsafe storage of storage of a firearm and other drug and firearm charges. Tracy Greeson was charged with child neglect.
The child’s now in the care of a foster family. The Greesons are residing in the county hoosegow. And we’ll be sending them both some commemorative IGOTD hardware along with as much over-the-counter birth control paraphernalia as we can possibly cram in the package.