By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 11:53 am in Other.
Shopping with grandma? Apparently, not as safe as one might hope. A 4-year-old South Carolina girl shot herself in a Sam’s Club after a rummaging spree in grandma’s purse produced a handgun. The grandmother, you see, is a magistrate who has a license to carry a concealed weapon, but apparently insufficient brainpower to keep it out of the hands of a preschooler. And, Associated Press helpfully tells us, the Sam’s Club store doesn’t have a sign out front prohibiting shoppers from packing heat.
After the child shot herself in the chest, fellow shoppers immediately ran to her aid, grabbing supplies off store shelves to stanch the bleeding until paramedics arrived. The girl has since been upgraded from critical to stable condition and is expected to recover. Our favorite quote from the story has a chief magistrate explaining why grandma had a gun in her purse: “Sometimes some of the judges have to make deposits at the banks. The other reason is for self preservation to protect yourself because there are some crazies out there.”
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