A couple from Evansville, Indiana faces charges of child neglect and recklessness with a deadly weapon, after police found videos showing the woman’s daughter playing with a .40 caliber pistol and putting it in her mouth while she’s being encouraged by the adults to say pow, bang and shoot.
The adults – 22 year old Toni Wilson, the child’s mother, and 19 year old Michael L. Barnes, who’s not the child’s father, are clearly blockbusters of trash, but in the past long gone, the children grew up playing with guns since they could handle them as it was a normal part of being alive.
The over-policing in today’s world, with the everything you do is a crime mentality are a bit over the top. Obviously I can’t know that, but if I assume that the gun was unloaded, and the child was under constant supervision while she was playing with it (which appears to have been the case), then nobody could get hurt as a result, and for that reason, I don’t see how this could count as recklessness with a deadly weapon. In the same vein – even though I suspect this toddler’s mother is a champion of child neglect (there’s probably plenty of wrong with both of them), but I do not see any child neglect taking place in this particular case.
We need to get this constant over-reacting out of our heads.