You may recall a story from earlier this month in which a gun-butt mother was shot in the back by her 4-year-old. The mother, Jamie Gilt, had a pro-gun Facebook page, “Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense” (which has since been yanked) in which she bragged that her “4-year-old gets jacked up to target shoot the .22.”
I’m sure that the NRA (National Rifle Manufacturers Lobbying Association) would have been happy to claim that she was a perfect example of a “responsible gun owner” (RGO)
Well, on the 8th of this month, this ammosexual RGO was driving to pick up a pony (she’s also a horse lover). On this trip, her son in the back seat. Also, on the back seat was a children’s car seat (not being used). Ms Gilt had laid her .45 caliber handgun on the floor and it slid under her seat and into the rear. I guess her son was still jacked up because he picked up the gun and started playing with it.
The gun went off and the bullet went through the seat, through Ms Gilt and out through the windshield.
Her son was probably pretending his mother was a target. (Can you say “karma?”)
A sheriff’s deputy spotted Jamie’s pickup partially parked in a travel lane on Florida 20. He also spotted Jamie “behaving frantically.” (Pretty understandable, considering the situation.) She was sent to the hospital, but since the bullet missed any vital organs, she’s expected to fully recover.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s department called it an accidental shooting and began an investigation into the situation. A few days ago, hey released a statement,
Our investigation has revealed that the firearm was legally owned by the victim and the child came to possess the firearm without the victim’s knowledge. Florida Statute makes it a misdemeanor for a person to store or leave, on a premise under his or her control, a loaded firearm in such a manner that it is likely a child can gain access to the firearm. The investigation is ongoing to determine exactly how the firearm was stored in the vehicle. The primary concern for PCSO at this time is to provide the necessary services and assistance to the young man and his family. Due to her medical condition, Detectives have not been able to interview the victim and any decision on the filing of criminal charges will not come until after we speak with the victim. It is not known when we anticipate speaking with the victim.
Tuesday (3/22/16) the Sheriff’s office filed an affidavit asking that Ms Gilt be charged with “failure to properly secure her gun” which is a 2nd degree misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 180 days in the “stony lonesome.”
She hasn’t been charged yet, because the State Attorney’s Office is deciding whether to file additional charges. Those charges could include felony child neglect. In Florida, that’s defined as:
A caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health, including, but not limited to, food, nutrition, clothing, shelter, supervision, medicine, and medical services that a prudent person would consider essential for the well-being of the child.
Florida’s Department of Children and Family Services is also investigating the incident.