2-Year-Old Shoots Himself With Gun From Mom’s Purse

Mon, February 25, 2013 2:18pm EST by 3 Comments
Owen Harris
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A Pennsylvania 2-year-old boy tragically shot himself on Feb. 21 after finding a gun inside his mom’s purse, and is in the hospital fighting for his life. He remains in critical condition — read on for more of the tragic details.

Owen Harris, 2, found a gun in his mother’s bag late at night and accidentally shot himself in the head. Owen was rushed to the hospital after this horrifying incident, and remains in critical, but stable, condition.

The gun that Owen found allegedly belongs to his stepfather, but no charges are being made because Pennsylvania does not currently have any laws requiring guns to be locked up. This will only add fuel to the fight on gun control that is sweeping the country since the Sandy Hook massacre.

Owen Harris In Critical Condition At UPMC Children’s Hospital

Family and friends of Owen’s have been visiting him at UPMC Children’s Hospital, where he is currently recovering, and praying for him since they found out what happened. Phillip Gill, Owen’s great-grandfather, has been trying to get information from doctors about the toddler’s current condition, but they haven’t said much.

“They just told us they are trying to get the swelling down and they can’t really tell us anything because it’s on and off,” Philip said. “I was shocked and rushed down here to see what happened. Just what they’re telling us [is] bits and pieces.”

Pennsylvania Authorities Warn About Gun Safety After Tragedy

Police officials have no clue if Owen even knew what the gun was when he grabbed it from the purse, but one trooper spoke about how to prevent things like this from ever happening.

“Number one would be to unload the weapon and to keep it unloaded in the house at all times,” Trooper Stefani Plume said.

Our thoughts go out to Owen’s family during this sad time and we are hoping for his full recovery.

What are your thoughts, HollyMoms?

– Rachael Ellenbogen

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Posted at 2:06 PM on September 27, 2013  

People continue to argue that it isn’t guns that are the problem, it’s irresponsible gun owners. And, while that may be true to some extent, it’s easier to stop people from owning guns altogether than to only stop irresponsible people from owning them. Plus, no matter how responsible a person is, accidents do happen. Someone, for instance, might lock up their gun – unloaded – in a safe. It’s the most responsible you could possibly be as a gun owner. But, then, say they hear a noise downstairs. An intruder? They unlock their safe, load their gun and head downstairs. When they see a shape in the shadows, they shoot. Once they turn on the light, they realize it’s their son/daughter, unexpectedly home from college. Dead. In their living room. They had come home as a surprise, didn’t want to wake anyone and had been looking for the light switch.
Yes, this is purely hypothetical, but I’ll bet it’s happened at least once before and it’ll happen again. People think they can stop violence with guns, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Of course there are incidences where a gun may save your life, but those are few and far between.
There are those that argue that if guns are outlawed, only criminals will have guns. What they fail to realize is that most criminals are run-of-the-mill people. If you can’t get ahold of a gun, chances are, they can’t either. And, unless you borrowed money from a loan shark or you’ve made deals with the mob, you’re probably going to be fine. What’s ironic is that the guns a lot of criminals use are the guns they’ve stolen from the average Joe during break-ins.
Frankly, I don’t see why it’s necessary to own a gun. Part of that is because I’ve been blessed enough to live in relatively safe neighborhoods and part of it is because I know there are alternatives if you want to protect your family and your home. You just have to use your brain instead of your trigger finger.

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Posted at 5:04 PM on February 25, 2013  

Reblogged this on livefreeandbeyourself and commented:
This is really sad… i can’t stand it… and he was from my home state too.. :'(

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Posted at 2:36 PM on February 25, 2013  

How terribly tragic. PLEASE DON’T HAVE GUNS. I used to have a job that required me to drive through some very rough parts of Los Angeles County so I kept a 38 in my glove compartment. One day I had a friend and his two sons over for dinner and I had a feeling that I should check my car. The two young boys (ten and 6 years old) were sitting in the front seat of my car and the oldest boy had the keys to my locked glove compartment and he was holding the gun at his little brother’s head. It was BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD that the little boy wasn’t killed with my gun. I sold the gun and will never own another gun.

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