Child finds gun in sofa at IKEA, fires shot inside the store
The second amendment grants every American the right to bear arms, but some gun-owners do not inspire confidence. For example, footage leaked of an off-duty FBI agent dancing in a bar and accidentally setting off his gun while doing a backflip. One high school teacher injured a student by accidentally firing a gun during firearm safety class. And a 20-year-old woman from Minnesota accidentally shot her boyfriend filming a stunt for a YouTube video. Yes, accidents happen, but with guns, careless mistakes are a matter of life and death.
The latest dumb gun accident happened at an IKEA in suburban Indianapolis. The Swedish furniture store is famous for selling stylish furniture that you have to assemble yourself. And no matter how closely you follow the directions, you always end up with leftover parts. (At home, my junk drawer is full of mysterious pegs and screws that I'm saving "just in case.") But despite that annoyance, the store is a godsend, delivering everything you could possibly want for your home. Sweden's greatest contribution to the world isn't ABBA - it's IKEA.
In Fisher, Indiana, a child discovered a loaded handgun in the sofa cushions at IKEA. Now, we've all discovered things in our sofa cushions that fell out of our pockets - loose change, an Apple TV remote, half-eaten Pop-Tarts. But a loaded weapon? Can't say I've stumbled across that before. And the idea of a child finding a loaded weapon is terrifying. They could brandish it at anyone, just playing, not understanding how easily it could take someone's life.
According to the Indianapolis Star, the child fired a shot inside the store at 2pm. Luckily, no one was harmed. The child's age has not been released. Police Sgt. Tom Weger says that the gun's owner sat down on the sofa, and it fell out his pants. To which I say, really? I can understand this happening with a phone, but not a handgun.
Weger says that no arrests were made and the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office will decide whether to file any criminal charges. After the gun was fired, evidence tacticians and investigators were called to the store. By 4pm, the scene was cleared. In response, IKEA released a statement explaining they have a no weapons policy and are cooperating with police.
"Safety and security of customers and co-workers is the top priority for IKEA. We have processes in place to ensure that the store is safe for customers and co-workers. For example, our store team has regular safety walks and audits which happen before, during and after opening hours.
"In addition, IKEA has a no weapon policy in our locations to prevent exactly these types of situations. As soon as we were aware of the situation, our co-workers took the action that they were trained to do to ensure the safety of customers. We are cooperating with police as they investigate this incident."
Gun owners might not be fans of gun control, but at the very least, control your own gun.