NRA Celebrates Mother's Day With A Gun Giveaway

| by Michael Allen

The National Rifle Association is offering an unusual Mother's Day giveaway this year.

The NRA recently tweeted, "Forget flowers this mothers day, mom wants something she can carry with" and included a picture of a handgun.

The tweet linked to an entry page for the gun sweepstakes, which stated, "Celebrate Mother's Day with a chance to win a new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield and 8 hours of firearm safety training!"

The entry page describes the gun as a "9-millimeter" and adds, "Free training with an Eddie Eagle Gunsafe package for the kids!"

In a sad turn of irony, this weapon is very similar (possible the same) to a handgun that a toddler accidentally and fatally discharged on his mom late last year.

Veronica Rutledge was shopping inside a Walmart in Hayden, Idaho, with her 2-year-old son and some nieces on December 30, 2014.

The 29-year-old mom had a 9-millimeter Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun stored inside a purse that was specifically designed to hold handguns, noted KMER.

Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said, "The 2 year old removed the firearm from the purse and fired one bullet from the pistol. The bullet struck Mrs. Rutledge in the head, killing her instantly," noted CNN.

Rutledge had a concealed carry permit for the gun in Washington State, where she lived, but not in Idaho, which she was visiting for the holidays.

Rutledge's family insisted that she grew up around guns, had been trained in firearms and knew the importance of gun safety.

"I cannot put any blame on my daughter-in-law because I know her, the training she's had ... I don't take it lightly ... I cannot put any negligence on her part. It was a terrible accident," Terry Rutledge, her father-in-law, stated.

Sources: NRA,, KREM, CNN
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