The recent accidental shooting death of an Idaho woman in Walmart by her 2 year old son who found her legally concealed handgun in her purse is a terrible tragedy. Our prayers and sympathy go out to the family. But this was a senseless tragedy that could (and should) have been prevented.
As one of my students commented in an email… ‘An incredibly tragic story. This should remind us all that we can never take our responsibilities as a CCW holder for granted.’
That is absolutely correct! It is too easy to become complacent, especially if you are an experienced concealed carrier. But you can never let you guard down. You are responsible for what you do with that weapon. And if you let someone get hold of it through your carelessness you must accept some responsibility for what happens with it. And like that family, you will probably regret it for the rest of you life.
Also, for those of you who carry in a purse (or utilize some other off body method of carry) it might be a good time to reconsider, to see if you can figure out a way to carry on your body. On body carry certainly eliminates the likelihood of someone taking your handgun out of your purse.
Putting on that handgun, whether openly or concealed, is a huge responsibility. Always remember that!