A high-profile poster girl for America’s pro-gun campaign has been shot in the back by her four-year-old son after he found her pistol in the back seat of her truck.
Jamie Gilt was wounded just a day after she sparked controversy boasting about her boy’s prowess with guns on Facebook.
The 31-year-old was driving her truck en route to pick up a horse from a relative when her son found her .45 semi-automatic handgun on the back seat and shot her. The bullet went through the seat before passing through Gilt’s body.
Police noticed her vehicle stopped by the side of the road and found her suffering from a gunshot. Before being rushed to hospital , where she is now recovering, she told officers her son had fired the shot.
They noted the boy was not strapped into his booster seat when they arrived on the scene.
“This is definitely not a criminal event. This is an accidental shooting,” Police said.
It will be recalled that only on Monday, the mother took to Facebook to write;
“Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22.”
In an earlier she had defended her gun ownership saying:
“My right to protect my child with my gun trumps your fear of my gun.”
Gilt may face criminal charges if the State Attorney’s Office determine there was negligence on how the child obtained the firearm.