4 Quotes from the Gun Owning Mom (whose son shot her)


“As for what happened, yes, I did make a mistake by placing a handgun under the front seat of my vehicle, and that mistake lead to a horrible accident. However, this is not something that is rare. A very large number of people place a gun under their seat every single day, I can only hope that what happened to me will help to open their eyes to what can happen by doing so.”

Off body carry is (per Claude Werner) “not for beginners, although beginners often do it”.

Melody Lauer has an excellent article series on LuckyGunner.com that  details the exact pitfalls that off body carry entails.

Carrying a gun around without a holster is even more hazardous since Jamie Gilt did not even put the gun in her purse. 

“The safety was not off. I was not shot with the compact 1911 that was shown in pictures. It was a Springfield Mod 2. That particular handgun does not have a thumb safety.”

NEVER assume that your child is unable to operate your gun.

Jamie Gilt’s four year old son was able to deactivate the Springfield XD Mod. 2 grip safety and while pulling the trigger on his mother’s gun.

“I realize that many of the classes offered are seriously lacking and I plan to do my best to improve that.

Jamie Gilt does have a point. Far too many concealed carry classes teach the bare minimum legally required for a permit and don’t even mention pitfalls (off-body carry, crappy nylon holsters, etc) that new gun owners and people new to carrying a gun can fall into.

Such state-mandated minimal training can give the undiscerning a false sense of security and make the student think that they have learned all that they need to know in a short 2 hour course in a truck trailer at a gun show. 

There are a number of inter-related factors that explain the lack of quality in a segment of the concealed carry class market.

“I will be teaching classes as soon as I am ready, and I will continue to share my story in hopes that it will help just one person make a different decision or get a little more training.”

I really could not see NRA or any other firearms training certification body signing off on certifying Jamie Gilt as an instructor due to her notoriety.

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7 comments on “4 Quotes from the Gun Owning Mom (whose son shot her)
  1. Rifleman III says:

    Reblogged this on .

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  2. Janice says:

    Reblogged this on Women and Guns and commented:
    We are all just human. We don’t know what we don’t know. We must get quality instruction, and continue to train and practice. Learning to operate a gun does not make you safe. This is why we have ALWAYS incorporated 4 hours of personal safety in our Basic Handgun Classes prior to bringing out the guns. People just don’t “get it” until they we teach them the importance of awareness, preparation and legalities of using a gun for self defense. There are many, many seasoned shooters that do not embrace the so called ‘4 rules”. But that is a subject for another article. We added a 5th rule “always properly secure your gun”. Always. It bears further explanation and should not be left to the gun owner to interpret. Instructors need to explain the meaning behind every rule, in every class.

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  3. Dave Noice says:

    I think there would be NO better instructor than someone that has already made a stupid mistake.

    Courts around the country send drunk drivers to schools to tell their stories of injuring themselves and injuring and killing others while driving under the influence.

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  4. I think Jamie might be a very qualified person to teach safety. She’s experienced the downside of not doing it right and it sounds like she’s owning her mistake.

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