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19-Month-Old Shot to Death in Crib While Mom Was Unloading Gun - What do you think the punishment should be here?

Posted by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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19-Month-Old Shot to Death in Crib While Mom Was Unloading Gun

Posted by Jeanne Sager on October 8, 2012

gunDid you ever see one of those bumper stickers that insists, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people"? Technically, it's true. That's why a mom who was unloading a gun in her apartment is in jail right now for the involuntary manslaughter of her 19-month-old son.

Holly Pallone told cops she accidentally shot little Anthony Pallone Jr. while she was trying to remove the bullets from a gun that wasn't hers that she didn't know how to unload. Sadly, the gun fired, and the baby boy took a gunshot right in the middle of his forehead. So the gun killed the child, but more importantly, a woman who didn't know how to use a gun allegedly killed the child.

And this case is a prime example of the problem with the entire gun debate.

The gun-lovers and the gun-haters like to talk about the weapons in black and white. We talk about responsible gun owners vs. cold-blooded killers. But as Holly Pallone's tragic tale reminds us, there's always a shade of gray.

Pallone has told cops that she was going to sell the gun, which belonged to the man she and her son were living with, so she was trying to remove the bullets. Unfortunately she was doing so right near her son's crib, and cops say she wasn't doing it safely.

The tragedies that result from the existence of guns aren't always intentional. Often -- more often than we like to acknowledge -- shooting deaths are entirely accidental. They come at the hands of a person who will ultimately be held responsible, but often it's a person who didn't know what they were doing, a person who had no clue what the firearm in their hands could do.

It's people like Holly Pallone. People like the 7-year-old son of a cop who accidentally shot his sister with Dad's gun in March.

This is the line between people who kill people and guns that kill people. Because a gun in the hands of someone who doesn't know what they are doing can quickly become a lethal weapon, and as the involuntary portion of the manslaughter charge against Holly Pallone reminds us, the person isn't necessarily planning to kill.

This story is a tragedy, plain and simple. And sadly, as long as guns end up in the hands of people who don't know how to use them, these kind of tragedies will continue to occur.

What do you think the punishment should be here if Holly Pallone is convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of her little boy?

by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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MamaJ8329
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM

 That poor little baby :( Wow is all I can say...

Delila12
by Gold Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM
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It's really sad and idk what punishment. It's already punishment knowing she killed her own son. But my question is, why the hell was she messing with a gun she didn't know how to use?
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM
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How do you accidently shot a baby in a crib, right in the middle of the forehead while you're trying to unload a gun?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM
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And in the same room as a child.

Quoting Delila12:

It's really sad and idk what punishment. It's already punishment knowing she killed her own son. But my question is, why the hell was she messing with a gun she didn't know how to use?
blondie09
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM
Holy Shit :(
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Benjamins-mama
by Platinum Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM
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that woman is an idiot for touching a gun that she didn't know how to use.    she should have just stuck it where no one could get it til the owner came to get it.   sigh

mommybecky
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM
That is sad no matter how you look at it
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Benjamins-mama
by Platinum Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM
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and even bigger idiot for doing it in the presence of a baby in a baby room.   

Destiny907
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM
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You know what... isn't the fact she has to live with this knowledge of a HORRIBLE ACCIDENT enough? Why do

we insist on prison for folks like this? No such thing as accidents? 

Sure, gun owners should BE MORE CAREFUL- but it stil was an ACCIDENT.   The woman will want to kill herself

now, and her family would disown her- punishment enough.

JZB
by Gold Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:08 PM
That is stupidity at its finest right there
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