2-year-old shoots his mom to death by accident

Veronica Rutledge, a 29-year-old mother from Idaho, was shot to death in a Walmart by her 2-year-old son. The mother was carrying a concealed weapon in her purse and at some point her son, who was in a shopping cart, managed to get the gun out of her purse and accidentally shoot his mother to death. I shouldn't even really have to say "accidentally" because at 2 years old there is no way that child could have shot his mother on purpose or with malicious intent.

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Veronica Rutledge and her husband are what you would call gun people. They like guns, they carry guns (with a permit, of course), they grew up around guns and in Idaho, where they are from, being a gun person and carrying a concealed gun (with a permit, of course) is kind of normal, I guess. For Christmas, Veronica received a special purse with a concealed pocket for storing a gun from her husband. Terry Rutledge, her father-in-law, says, "It was designed for that purpose--to carry a concealed firearm. And you had to unzip a compartment to find the handgun."

Well, apparently, that zipper is not childproof because the 2-year-old boy was able to unzip it when his mother wasn't looking and that's how he ended up shooting her in the head.

It's an absolute tragedy. I'm sure Veronica thought that she had secured her gun and that she wasn't putting herself or anyone else in any danger, but unfortunately she put too much trust in that purse and underestimated the curiosity of a child.

You know what they say, hindsight is 20/20. Unfortunately we can't go back in time.

I feel terrible for that beautiful little boy. I'm sure he can't even understand what is happening at the moment and I'm sure he misses his mommy terribly. My thoughts are with the child and his father right now. May they find a way to get through this together.

Images via mulletar/Flickr, veronica.j.rutledge/Facebook

Topics: gun safety  accident  death  children