Not all surprises are pleasant.
For either party.
In Ohio, a young woman named Hannah Jones ran into her house to surprise her mother with her early arrival home from college.
The mother was, indeed, very surprised.
Thinking an intruder was bursting through the door, the mother shot Jones. In a since-deleted Facebook, Jones told the story.
“As I ran through the door, she was in fear for her life and shot me.”
My mom almost did the same thing to me when I was 14. Just got a new paper route, and was up at 4 am to bring the papers in. She heard a thud, and came out, pistol drawn. Fortunately, she didn't shoot! But it sticks with me, 40 years later.
— James L. Greenlee (@GreenleeGazette) September 4, 2019
The daughter reacted as any would.
“I crouched down and let out two screams.”
This wasn't an accident. The mom intended to shoot someone.
She just didn't bother to identify who she was shooting.
— Ryan Emond (@creativelytired) September 4, 2019
Alerted by the screams, Jones’s boyfriend quickly ran inside and called 911.
“My girlfriend just came home from college and her mom didn’t know, like honestly — she accidentally shot her.”
Only in America is this an every day occurrence. It’s sad to see how the NRA holds such sway over your politicians and body politic. Wake up!
— superbeast (@jcam2344) September 4, 2019
The accident left Jones’s arm broken in three places. X-rays posted online also reveal eight screws and three plates.
“It truly has been a crazy few days, but I am beyond thankful to still be here on this earth today. I sure am lucky to still be here! It still baffles my mind to know that I could be dead, but thankfully I had an angel looking over me that night.”
When/If your kid comes home from school unannounced it is every Red-Blooded American's Constitutional Right to bare their arms and shoot him/her.
— Bob Mellors (@SofaAssoc) September 5, 2019
Twitter took a dim view of the mother who accidentally shot her daughter.
A sad side effect of gun paranoia
— Hana Ali (@Hana4House) September 5, 2019
"I live by myself but announce every time I exit or enter a room."
– Some gun nut
— The Rise of Dupe (@Dupe1970) September 5, 2019
Sickening. I’ve heard similar stories when the parent killed the kid not expecting the kid to be home. What a way to grow up. What a paranoid mindset. #GunReform #NutsShouldNotGetGuns #WednesdayWisdom
— TheLadyInRead (@Up4Yes) September 4, 2019
Good people with guns 🤦♀️
— Shawn Williamson 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@Saffron007) September 4, 2019
According to Girard Police Chief John Norman, the mother had a conceal and carry permit, but prosecutors are still deciding whether or not to press charges.
In the meantime, he offers this sage advice to the public:
“If you realize someone has a gun for protection, and they’re not expecting you — announce yourself when you enter the home, or even if you’re getting up to get a drink of water in the middle of the night.”
Life in the NRA's "home invaders are coming and you have to be ready to shoot at a moment's notice" America: shouting at your own family in the middle of the night "IT'S JUST ME GETTING A DRINK OF WATER, PLEASE DON'T SHOOT ME." pic.twitter.com/6yCz1ujncs
— WellRegulatedMilitia (@Well_Regulated_) September 4, 2019
The police chief is….blaming the victim?
‘If you realize someone has a gun for protection, and they're not expecting you—announce yourself when you enter the home, or even if you're getting up to get a drink of water in the middle of the night, just announce yourself,"
— тнєяєѕα 🖤 мαяιє (@theresasarcasm) September 4, 2019
If you want a gun in your home, consider trigger safety locks that allow the gun to be easily accessible while remaining safe from curious fingers. And the extra seconds spent opening the trigger lock, available here, can keep you from shooting a family member.
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