Irresponsible Gun Ownership In Georgia Gets Baby Shot In Head

Ronnie Howard of Macon, Georgia just killed a baby.

I write it like that because the impact of that statement needs to settle with some people who think every Tom, Dick, or Sally should have a gun and easy access to them.

Howard, who quite clearly doesn’ t know how to properly clean a gun, was cleaning his gun with a baby in the room. He reportedly had a 9mm handgun that he had stripped the magazine from, and supposedly released the bullet from the chamber. However, the bullet in the chamber was stuck, and when Howard put the magazine back in, the gun went off shooting the 17-month-old baby boy who was near to him in the room. The bullet went into the baby’s head under his eye and exited out the back of the head. According to the Bibb County Coroner, Leon Jones, the baby never had a chance.

Jones said:

“Why in the world would you be cleaning a gun with a child in the house?”

Howard, alongside the baby’s mother Brooke Carroll rushed the baby to the Navicent Health Medical Center, where the tiny boy was pronounced dead.

Here’s the thing: Howard wasn’t even supposed to have a gun in the first place. He was prohibited from having a firearm or dangerous weapon after he was stopped in his car in while he was traveling with a 9-month-old baby. He had a loaded 9mm handgun and marijuana in the car. Howard had several driving offense convictions within three years, and he was driving with a suspended license. The gun and marijuana in this incident were seized, and Howard was prohibited from having another gun. Yet, obviously, and unfortunately, he was able to obtain one.

According to Lt. Randy Gonzalez, a public information officer for the Bibb County Sheriff’s office, Howard had been in their facility 26 times since 1997.

Howard was originally only charged with reckless conduct and second degree cruelty, but the charge of second degree murder has just been added for the death of the 17-month-old little baby.

Murder, is exactly what this is.

You’d think that it would be common sense to make sure no children are not around when handling a firearm, let alone when the gun is being cleaned. However, common sense escapes far more than just Ronnie Howard. According to a list put together on the website FreakOutNation:

  • A 5-year-old was struck by a bullet in Georgia. It was an ‘accidental’ discharge.

  • A 2-year-old shot himself in the face in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • A 15-year-old Brooklyn teenager ‘accidentally’ (fuck, I hate that word) shot himself in the chest.

  • A 5-year-old Texas boy was shot by another kid.

  • In Georgia, while assembling a gun, a man shot a 9-year-old girl.

  • A Georgia mother was trying to break up an argument and ended up shooting her 15-year-old son and another teen.

  • In Pennsylvania, a man was ‘test-firing’ his gun and shot his 9-year-old relative.

  • In Los Angeles, an 8-year-old boy was shot in the head while sleeping.

  • An 8-year-old Chicago boy was shot by another child while ‘playing with a gun.’

  • A 9-year-old Florida boy shot his grandpa while hunting.

  • In New Mexico, a 13-year-old was ‘accidentally’ shot by his 26-year-old brother.

  • A 3-year-old Ohio boy picked up a firearm and fatally shot a 1-year-old boy.

  • A 15-year-old North Carolina teen was ‘accidentally’ fatally shot by his cousin.

  • In Michigan, a 19-year-old and a 13-year-old were ‘shooting targets’ when the boy’s gun dischargedpiercing the woman’s lung in what was deemed to be an ‘accident.’

  • In Arizona, a 7-year-old was shot and the details of that case are still unclear.

  • In Idaho, a 9-year-old ‘accidentally’ shot his 7-year-old brother.

  • A 16-year-old Ohio boy fatally shot himself in the chest while cleaning his gun.

  • In Louisiana, a teenager shot his 16-year-old friend while trying to make sure his gun was unloaded. (You can’t make this stuff up)

  • A 9-year-old girl Pennsylvania girl was shot ‘accidentally’  with a 12-gauge shotgun while two younger children were playing with the firearm.

  • In Michigan, a 2-year-old was ‘accidentally’ shot and left in critical condition.

  • In Texas, a 3-year-old was fatally shot by his father.

  • In Los Angeles, a 15-year-old ‘accidentally’ fatally shot a 16-year-old girl.

  • A Virginia Sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot his 13-year-old daughter.

  • A 7-year-old boy got ahold of an unsecured gun and shot himself.

  • A 2-year-old New Orleans boy was shot while playing outside.

  • A 5-year-old Chicago girl was ‘accidentally’ shot.

  • A 6-year-old Vermont boy shot himself while target shooting with his father.

  • In Georgia, a 1-year-old was fatally shot by a 15-year-old boy.

  • In Arizona, a 2-year-old ‘accidentally’ shot himself in the face.

And you can likely be certain, this list is far from complete.

We need laws in this nation to make sure people like Ronnie Howard don’t have access to firearms. We need common sense measures, like the universal background checks that were voted down, even for person to person sales. Deaths like these are preventable. They are preventable by preventing the wrong people from obtaining firearms, and they are preventable by making sure individuals who do have firearms are “well regulated” in other words, well trained.

Are we living in a nation that is making sure we can prevent as many accidental deaths from happening, or are these children just collateral damage because so many feel their rights are being infringed just because some want common sense reform, including background checks and mandatory training? Is this “live free or die” mentality being taken too literally? Yes, because people are dying. Children are dying. Is this the “well regulated militia” our founders wrote about?

No. No, it is not.

Featured image Adam Hill/Wikimedia Commons — Bibb Sheriff’s Office