‘Responsible’ Gun Owner Shot In The Face By Toddler During Cozy Nap With Pistol

A Houston, Texas man decided to cuddle up with his beloved pistol for a nap on Saturday, October 25, 2014. We don’t know how romantic things got between the man and the gun before he eventually fell asleep on the living room couch. We do know the pistol was loaded. We also know that there was a three year old in the house.

Keep in mind this happened in Texas, a state where everyone is encouraged to own a gun and no-one is encouraged to get an education. What could go wrong?

According to local reports, the gun fell to the floor at some point while the “responsible gun owner” was sleeping.  The man, Patrick Sanders, woke to see the gun in the hands of the toddler. According to Houston police, Sanders tried to take the gun away, but instead it went off and he was shot in the face.

Sanders is listed in critical condition at Ben Taub General Hospital, in Houston.

Here’s a not so fun fact, a lot more people are killed by toddlers in the United States, than by terrorists. Yet here in the US more people are obsessed with the idea of keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists than toddlers. It makes no sense when you realize that the odds that someone you care about will be shot by a toddler are much higher than the odds that anyone you know will ever be the target of a terrorist attack.

Too many Americans have been manipulated by the NRA and the right wing media. They fear whatever boogeyman they’re told to fear, whether it’s Ebola or Al Queda, or that “Muslim in the White House,” Obama. But when presented with facts, real statistics that show that the greatest threat to the health and safety of Americans is themselves, those people are like ostriches, entirely willing to bury their heads in the sand.

More guns does not equate to fewer shootings. Not by any stretch of the imagination. More guns do not keep our homes safer; they make our homes more dangerous.

In June, Slate Magazine published an in-depth article which blasts NRA talking points about children and guns out of the water, with facts.

“Study after study unequivocally demonstrates that the prevalence of firearms directly increases the risk of youth homicide, suicide, and unintentional death. This effect is consistent across the United States and throughout the world. As a country, we should be judged by how well we protect our children. By any measure, we are failing horribly.

The United States accounts for nearly 75 percent of all children murdered in the developed world. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 in the United States are 17 times more likely to be murdered by firearms than children in other industrialized nations.”

The article goes on to cite an overwhelming amount of statistical data, that highlights how the right wing’s push to arm every man, woman and child in America is hurting the most vulnerable among us.

“Children from states where firearms are prevalent suffer from significantly higher rates of homicide, even after accounting for poverty, education, and urbanization. A study focusing on youth in North Carolina found that most of these deaths were caused by legally purchased handguns. A recent meta-analysis revealed that easy access to firearms doubled the risk of homicide and tripled the risk for suicide among all household members. Family violence is also much more likely to be lethal in homes where a firearm is present, placing children especially in danger. Murder-suicides are another major risk to children and are most likely to be committed with a gun.”

The increase in deaths is not offset by a lower crime rate or a decrease in violent crime, as the NRA would have people believe.

But let’s be honest, the NRA cares about selling guns, not protecting children, homeowners, property or anyone or anything else. Those who still support the NRA and their sickening agenda aren’t the type of people who are ever going to care about the consequences of their actions on the rest of society. They aren’t the type of people who are willing or able to rationally evaluate data and sincerely and honestly consider facts.

Unfortunately for society, more often than not, right wing gun nuts are narcissistic, self-obsessed, manipulative and completely unconcerned about the well being of others. They’re also overly fearful but find a false sense of comfort in the imaginary feeling of power and control they get when they’re fondling their precious weapons.

A 2013 study on the psychology of gun owners also shows that they are more likely to be heavy drinkers and that increased alcohol consumption can be directly correlated to increased gun ownership.

Contrary to NRA myths about ‘responsible’ gun owners, the facts speak for themselves:

“Among gun owners in general, 29% – 37% keep guns loaded at home, 49% – 53% keep guns unlocked at home, and 21% – 22% do both.  Another study reported that firearm owners are more likely than non-owners to engage in heavy use of alcohol, and that heavy use of alcohol was associated with owners engaging in high-risk firearms behavior — like keeping guns loaded and unlocked at home.  Therefore, heavy alcohol consumption appears to be another factor associated with gun ownership and may be playing a role in accidental gun-related deaths at home.”

There’s absolutely no reason to think that right wing fanatics and ammosexuals are ever going to “come around” or “start to see reason,” when it comes to the implementation of sane gun policies. We can hope that, in the long run, they will shoot each other off so that society can finally evolve, but when a child is either shot or shoots someone else, every single day in this country, waiting for the gun nuts to kill each other off is not an acceptable solution. We need to vote for political candidates who will support sane gun policies and work hard to defeat those who refuse to do so.