Pro-Gun Activist Accidentally Shot By Four-Year-Old Son

| by Zara Zhi
Jamie Gilt with her sonJamie Gilt with her son

A well-known pro-gun activist has been shot in the back by her four-year-old son after he found her .45-caliber pistol on the floor of her pickup truck.

Florida mom Jamie Gilt, 31, was driving to a relative's house on March 8 to pick up a horse when her son, who was sitting behind her, shot the loaded gun, Putnam County Sheriff's Department stated in a news release.

The shot was not fatal. Gilt was taken to a hospital in Gainesville, Florida, where she remains in stable condition, according to NBC News. The four-year-old was unharmed as he was taken by relatives, the release said.

Ironically, just a day before the accident, Gilt bragged on social media about her son’s shooting skills, according to the New York Daily News.

“Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22,” Gilt wrote on Facebook on March 7 in a response to a heated debate about the second amendment.

Gilt runs a vocal gun activist page on Facebook called "Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense," devoted to her right to bear arms.

The enthusiastic second amendment supporter covered the page with photos of herself holding guns. One shows her holding a small child in one arm and a rifle in the other.

The pistol-loving mom is also an adamant Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas supporter, and has posted her backing of the Republican senator and presidential hopeful on social media.

"This is definitely not a criminal event," says Capt. Joseph Wells of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. "This is an accidental shooting." 

According to Putnam County Sheriff’s Department official statement, Gilt legally owned the pistol. Though charges have not yet been filed against Gilt, the investigation is pending. The boy will not be charged.

The Florida Department of Children and Family Services is also investigating the case.

“Florida Statute makes it a misdemeanor for a person to store or leave, on a premise under his or her control, a loaded firearm in such a manner that it is likely a child can gain access to the firearm,” officials say.

Sources: NBC News, New York Daily News, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department / Photo credit: Jamie Gilt/Facebook via New York Daily News

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