Family Wants Charges Increased Against Dad Who Left Loaded Guns Around The House
March 19, 2015

These people with their gun love, I dunno. I have to wonder if they won't eventually kill each other off:

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. -- It's been four months since Michael Holzworth, a 3-year-old Lake Stevens boy, was shot in the face with his dad's loaded gun. His dad faces a reckless endangerment charge, which is a gross misdemeanor. But Michael's mom and grandparents want the law changed to make it a more serious offense.

In November 2014, Michael's family says the 3-year-old accidentally shot himself in the face while his dad was in a different room. His mom had left the house that night to attend a funeral for a friend. Michael survived the shooting, and his family says he's recovering and is doing well.

Michael's maternal grandparents said the day prior to the shooting, they brought gun locks over for Michael's father because they say he often left guns out in the presence of their grandchild.

"He told me he would never put those on his personal firearm because he needs those for protection. And I said, 'What about Michael?' He said, 'Michael won't touch it.' Michael didn't deserve to be shot and it was the irresponsibility and the stupidity of one person," Faith Thayer, Michael's grandmother, said.

Thayer said her family firmly believes in the right to carry, but they think irresponsible gun owners need to be severely punished. She said they plan to work with local legislators and advocacy groups to create stricter laws. They're pushing for legislation that would take guns away from adults who are irresponsible with firearms around children.

Yeah? Good luck with that, grandma. I think you're going to get quite an education about gun control and common sense.

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