The following headline caught my attention on TPM Livewire:
Authorities Believe Texas Couple Hid Gun After 3-Year-Old Son Shot Himself
Being for strict gun control, I had to read on. How tragic that a 3-year old would have access to a loaded gun. What could the possible circumstances be? Were the parents just plain careless? Was there a break-in at the house and during the parents' struggle with the assailant, the gun got free? Did the kid pick it up to heroically save his mother and accidentally shoots himself? There has to be something that makes sense.
I didn't find anything close to that in the opening paragraph:
Authorities said they were concerned a Texas couple attempted to hide a firearm after their 3-year-old son accidentally shot himself, leading to the removal of one of the boy's lungs, the River Cities Daily Tribune reported Friday.
How do you explain to the cops that your son's been accidentally shot without producing the gun? Well, this brilliant couple evidently tried. But they weren't too good at it. The police were successful in finding it. They must have been real Columbo's.
The release states Horseshoe Bay officers recovered a loaded handgun lying on the residence's kitchen table. The boy's parents told police that the child picked up the handgun and it discharged, but refused to let officers search the residence further.
I thought the headline said the couple is accused of hiding the gun yet the authorities found it on the kitchen table. Who'd have thought to look there? Wait, maybe this was an episode of Texas Hoarders and it was tucked under piles of old newspapers or something?
(Police Chief) Wardlow's release stated police were concerned the boy's parents attempted to hide the weapon, as officers learned after obtaining a search warrant that the handgun found inside the home was not involved in the incident. Investigators received conflicting accounts of where that weapon was allegedly hid, the release stated.
Okay, hang in there with me. RECAP: Kid shoots self. Police called. Gun found on the kitchen table. Police request to search the residence denied without a warrant. Cops get one and find the "hidden" gun on the kitchen table isn't the one that the child used to shoot himself. With me so far?
So somehow, the investigation continued on to the next door neighbor's house.
Investigators located three handguns and a rifle in a neighbor's home, following an account suggesting the boy's mother hid the weapon there, according to the Tribune. The investigation was ongoing.
Where did this poor kid live, in an armory with his gun crazy parents? It seems police found four handguns and a rifle so far. And they still don't know which weapon was the one the kid used. I'm betting against the rifle but this birthday picture has me wondering.
Obviously there's the question of who really pulled the trigger in this story. Did the parents shoot their kid? Did he really do it to himself?
The biggest mystery I'm trying to solve is whether this poor three-year old boy will be returned to his parents' home when he recovers or whether he too will be hidden away at the neighbor's house along with his parents' cache of valuable weapons.
Can someone please explain why this house had two hand guns for each adult and a rifle for the family? Is this really necessary in Horseshoe Bay Texas? If so, cross that one off my vacation bucket list.