Friday 23 March 2018

Vocal 'Guns for Mums' activist shot in the back by 4-year-old son

Gun activist Jamie Gilt along with her son
Gun activist Jamie Gilt along with her son
Jamie Gilt

David Kearns

A pro-gun mother who actively campaigns against the tightening of US gun laws was shot and wounded by her toddler, days after boasting about his skill with a firearm.

Jamie Gilt (31) was driving along a Florida highway when her four-year-old son somehow managed to gain access to a .45-caliber handgun and shoot her from the back seat.

The vocal gun activist survived the blast and managed to disarm her son before he fired a second shot.

According to Putman County Sheriff’s office, the 4-year-old pointed the .45 semi-automatic handgun at the back of his mother’s chair and fired a round straight through the car seat and into her lower back. 

A passing patrol car spotted the Ms Gilt behaving frantically inside the vehicle and pulled over to investigate.

The sheriff found the .45 handgun on the floor of the car and took Ms Gilt to the hospital, where she remains in a stable condition.

Putman County Sheriff’s office spokesman Joseph Wells said: “As the deputy slowed to check on the vehicle, he observed an adult female in the driver’s seat motioning to him as if she needed assistance.

“The deputy provided first aid until the arrival of paramedics.

“The victim was transported to University of Florida Health in Gainesville and was last reported to be in stable condition.

‘The only other occupant of the vehicle was the victim’s four-year-old son, who was unharmed.”

According the Florida Times Union, Ms Gilt told deputies that her son had accidentally shot her while on route to hospital.

"The investigation by Major Crimes Unit Detectives and the analysis of the crime scene confirmed that the victim was accidentally shot by the young boy who was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle.

"The young man was reunited with other family members and Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Specialists continue to work with the family.”

Ms Gilt, who may now face criminal charges for negligence in allowing a child to get their hands on a gun, boosted days before the incident that even her four-year-old “got jacked up… to shoot with a .22”.

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