Parents Held Accountable for 3-Year-Old Shooting Another 3-Year-Old

Yes, this is yet another report about what Care2 writer s.e. smith called an epidemic of shootings by toddlers.

A 3-year-old allegedly shot a 3-year-old girl last Tuesday in Asheboro, North Carolina. No adults were in the room where the two were playing when one toddler shot the other with an unsecured .22-caliber rifle, Randolph County deputies say. “We’re unsure if they were playing with it or if they picked it up and the gun went off,” sheriff’s captain Derrick Hill comments.

William Monroe Simmons, the father of the girl who was shot, has been arrested as has his girlfriend, Melisa Ann Mumpower. Each has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, one count of felony child abuse and one count of failure to properly store a firearm to protect minor. The misdemeanor charges were “related to living conditions at the home,” according to deputies.

Mumpower told authorities that she was cleaning in the house when she heard a shot fired in another room. On entering it, she found the girl shot in the arm; the bullet also went into the girl’s abdominal area and she was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Both Simmons and Mumford were arrested while at the hospital. A $35,500 secured bond has been posted for Simmons and a $6,300 secured bond for Mumpower; they are being held at the Forsyth County Jail.

The rifle belongs to Simmons and had been in the living room, where the children had access to it. Deputies also found other firearms in a gun safe in the house’s living room.

What Happened to National Gun Reform?

The one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy is happening on December 14. Gun reform seems to have slipped from the national public agenda, though not at a local and state level. At the start of November, the California city of Sunnyvale passed a strict gun control measure that requires gun owners to report a theft of a firearm within 48 hours, to lock up their guns when they are not being used and to get rid of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. New York governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a tough gun control law that would broaden the definition of what is considered a banned assault weapon, reduce the size of permissible gun magazines to seven rounds and could end up forcing firearm manufacturers to relocate to other states (Texas, South Carolina).

A Colorado state senator, Evie Hudak, resigned last week rather than face a possible recall election for her support of gun control legislation. Two other Colorado Democrats who were also strong supporters of gun legislation had been ousted in recall elections in September. Rather than be the reason that her party lost its 18-17 majority in Colorado’s State Senate, Hudak resigned, enabling Democrats to choose her successor.

Colorado’s new gun control measures call for expanded background checks and a limit to the size of gun magazines. They are supported by many voters in a state where the Columbine tragedy and the Century 16 movie theater tragedy cast long shadows. The laws had “infuriated gun advocates and Republicans” and, for lawmakers who supported them, “become political liabilities in a state where the gun debate is shaped by traditions of hunting and sport-shooting” and by people’s invocation of their second amendment rights

In North Carolina, the 3-year-old girl who was allegedly shot by another child her age has undergone surgery and is now recovering from non life-threatening injuries. A third young child aged 12 to 18 months was also in the house at the time she was shot. The child who allegedly used the firearm and the third young child are now in the custody of Randolph County Social Services — in the care of the state.

Gun owners who keep insisting that the government not meddle with their guns should realize that, if they’re not careful about keeping their guns secured and safely locked away, the government could have no choice but to take custody of their children.

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Donna Ferguson
Donna F.1 years ago

very sad for the families!

Linda McKellar
Past Member 1 years ago

Teresa, I have no quarrel with your mentioning the Poles and their contributions in WW2. Canadians were also heavily involved and I personally know vets who were in both places including a cousin who died. I have every respect for the Polish fighters. My point was the US didn't win the war alone.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.1 years ago

Linda F.
.1 years ago

for Christmas, take your guns to the local police station, in a container, leave them there and save a few lives

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.1 years ago

As for the liberation of Holland, haven't you heard of General Stanislaw Maczek's tank division???

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.1 years ago

Linda, it was POLES who cleared the way to Rome!

Azaima A.
Azaima A.1 years ago


David B.
David B.1 years ago

I trust that most americans will remember the you Helped win the war.even if you did come in2 years did not win it all by your self , you helped.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 1 years ago

Gina, it has to do with an insulting comment to a Brit about American gun owners "saving the world" from the Nazis. Apologies.

Gina Gutman
Gina Gutman1 years ago

What's all this twaddle about the ww2. Got nothing to do with this incident. Gun laws need to be in place. There is no need for the masses to be armed. They are dangerous enough as is.