If you just bought your first firearm, would you want to take a gun safety course from Jamie Gilt?
Yes, that Jamie Gilt. As we reported back in March this paragon of gun safety was accidentally shot in the back by her four-year-old son while driving her pickup truck along the back roads of Putnam County Florida.
Because of course Jamie Gilt lives in Florida where these crazy things have a tendency to happen. And of course, the loaded, .45 handgun just happened to be lying around within reach of the four-year-old boy once he’d unbuckled himself from his car seat. And the poor kid picked the thing up, shot his mother in the back, and will likely remember that horrible moment for the rest of his life.
Thankfully, the mother recovered from her injuries and the child was unharmed (physically at least).
Contrary to popular belief, they do have gun safety laws in Florida. Although the Putnam County Sheriff’s Dept. called this little lapse in gun safety an “accidental shooting,” the Sheriff’s office still asked that Jamie Gilt be charged with “failure to properly secure her gun,” a second-degree misdemeanor with a prison sentence of up to 180 days.
Florida Statute makes it a misdemeanor for a person to store or leave, on a premise under his or her control, a loaded firearm in such a manner that it is likely a child can gain access to the firearm.
Jamie Gilt gets to teach 10 gun safety classes instead of going to jail or taking more safety classes herself!?
On Friday, CBS reported the 31-year-old mom reached a deferred prosecution agreement with the FL state attorney’s office.
Jamie Lynn Gilt, 31, agreed to complete a gun safety course, install a mounted holster in her vehicle and provide proof of safe storage of firearms in her home. Gilt also must give 10 speeches about the March 8 shooting and the need to safely secure firearms, according to a news release issued by the state attorney’s office on Friday.
Having Jamie Gilt teach 10 gun safety classes instead of going to jail — or, better yet, having to take at least 10 gun safety classes herself — is highly ironic. She’s a Second Amendment-loving, pro-gun activist who had a Facebook page called “Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense” (a snarky reference to the gun safety group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America). Careless gun lovers like her give responsible gun owners a bad name.
Alas, the page has been taken down so we will no longer be able to mull over such gems of wit and wisdom as this:
“My right to protect my child with my gun trumps your fear of my gun.”
And (the day before the, erm, gun safety accident), this:
“Even my 4-year-old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22,” Gilt had posted on her Facebook page the day before the accident. Another post in February shared an image with the words, “My right to protect my child with my gun trumps your fear of my gun.”
RT adds that this is not Jamie Gilt’s first run in with the law. Apparently guns aren’t her only vice.
On April 4, 2013, she was held by Dillard’s department store security guards for grand theft, hiding children’s clothes valued at $455 inside her purse, which was concealed in a stroller. Court records show the charges were dropped after completion of an intervention program, according to WJXT.
Let’s hope she’s learned an important gun safety lesson from this. Children who grow up with guns in the home are at higher risk for injuries and death. Every year nearly 1,500 children under the age of 18 die from firearms-related injuries. Gun locks are easy to install and reduce risk dramatically. Some cost as little as $5.00.
Alas, Ana Kasparian from The Young Turks reports Jamie Gilt’s family members say she won’t be making any changes. Here’s the video.
Featured image: Facebook via CBS.