News Item: a two year old boy in Idaho shot his mother dead. They were in a Wal-mart and he was searching through her purse, unzipped a hidden carry compartment, pulled out the 9 mm semi automatic and it went off.
Well, you know… terrible twos. Cute, usually. Bad age, almost always. They’re forever sticking their fingers in light sockets, painting the rug or the dog with peanut butter and jelly. Easily breaking easily breakable anything.
And curious. At two, they start asking questions. And quickly expanding a vocabulary of about 50 words.
The mother, Veronica Rutledge, 29, was shot once in the head. She was “a responsible gun owner,” her father in law said. She and her husband, Colt Rutledge -- that is not a typo, Colt -- agrees. They both have hidden carry permits.
He bought her that special purse for Christmas.
Just in case she should be hiking with their kids and came upon a mugger, or an FBI SWAT team which we all know are frequent occurrences in rural Idaho.
Those Special Agents could have mistaken her for Randy Woods. You never know. And a woman with little kids needs protection.
According to news reports, Mrs. Rutledge worked as a “nuclear scientist,” or “chemical engineer” which if true indicates considerable brain power, but not necessarily considerable sense.
So far, the following has not happened.
--The District Attorney wanting to try the toddler as a adult.
--The NRA defending the right of a two year old to shoot.
--The kid taken into an interrogation room and questioned without a lawyer.
--A Lawyer claiming the shooter was not read his Miranda Rights.
--A psychologist or social worker testifying that a two year old doesn’t typically know right from wrong.
--A gun control group claiming the mother should not have let a baby have access to a gun.
--A lawsuit against Wal-mart because it doesn’t have metal detectors at the entrances.
None of this yet. But be patient. It’s 2015 in America where anything is possible.
Meantime, at his arraignment the kid pleaded “Goo goo. Mama hole in head.”
-Question for the shopping channels: when will you be offering those handbags with the pistol compartments along with the overpriced overweight Dooney & Bourkeses?
-Question for outgoing PA Gov. Tom Corbett: Now that you’re going to have to buy your own gasoline, are you still happy with that new 10 cent a gallon tax increase you just had to have?
-Question for all newly elected politicians: Which campaign promise are you planning to break first?
-Mario Cuomo (1932-2015) to Tim Russert on why he never ran for president: “I didn’t think I was good enough.”
-Earth to Mario: Yeah, you were.
--Rest in peace Hamlet on the Hudson. Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, 82, a good leader and brilliant orator, died on the day his son Andrew was sworn in for a second term as governor. As Shakespeare’s King Claudius said of his own Hamlet, “he benefited the whole kingdom.”
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