Toddler Puts Gun in Mouth, Shoots
Boy, 2, expected to survive
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2013 1:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – A North Carolina toddler found a handgun in his parents' bedroom Saturday afternoon, put it in his mouth ... and the gun went off, authorities say. The Asheboro boy is "extremely lucky," a sheriff's captain tells the Winston-Salem Journal, because the bullet missed his vital organs (as well as his vital arteries and spinal cord, My Fox 8 reports), and he is expected to survive. Deputies called it a miracle. The 2-year-old's father, to whom the gun belonged, was home at the time, as were his mother and three older siblings. Authorities will decide whether to charge the parents.

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Jan 10, 2015 4:20 PM CST
The only thing that stops a toddler with a gun in his mouth is the toddler.
Jan 10, 2015 4:19 PM CST
The only way to keep your family safe is to keep a loaded gun in the house.....Wayne La Pewpew
May 21, 2013 6:46 PM CDT
Is it time for adults who refuse to secure firearms away from children, resulting in injury or death of any child including their own, to be denied the right and responsibility to own firearms ever again? Once you've proved you are an irresponsible and dangerous gun owner, is it time to remove that person's right to own a gun? And for trained law enforcement, should they be fired AND denied gun rights if they are so careless as to not secure their own firearms at home, as recently resulted in a sheriff's wife being killed by a 4-year-old who found dad's gun laying on a bed whilst dad was showing off other guns to his buddies?