*By now you have heard about the terrible accident at the hands of a toddler, resulting in the death of his father. What more reason do we need to address the issue of gun control? Better yet, what greater example to envision a society where there are no guns…eliminating these types of accidents?
I can’t help but “go there” for a minute and think (putting this very, very unfortunate accident aside for a minute) how many lives would have been spared if there were no guns to end them. How would differences be settled? What other alternative would police officers take if it were not so easy to reach for their pistol and shoot a suspect?
Maybe we’d go back to the old days of man up…dukes up and fight it out. I don’t recall many people dying from that, just bloody.
I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of people dying from being shot!
By all accounts 31-year-old Divine Vaniah Chambliss was a great dad. He was at home watching the kids while their mother was at work. Chambliss’ parents believe the toddler and his dad were napping together, when the child woke up and found the semiautomatic weapon and pulled the trigger.
“We’ve talked with the detective, we’ve talked with the coroner and everything is pointing to the baby,” said the victim’s father, Larry Chambliss. “I just can’t comprehend it.”
Though Mr. Chambliss, Sr. and his wife, Marilyn, pray that the little boy won’t remember what happened, they say they can’t deny that even at his young age, he knows something is wrong, and told his mommy, “I hurt my Dad.”
Can you imagine returning home from work and finding your child sitting on the bed, next to his dead father, with a gun in his possession?
This is the sight a toddler’s mother came home to on Tuesday, when the incident occurred. She immediately dialed 911 and told police that her children’s father was dead.
Though Chambliss didn’t live at the home where he died, he was often there to watch the children while their mother went to work. The two also have a daughter, who was at school at the time.
Because authorities found no signs of forced entry, they had no reason to believe foul play was involved.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has not yet released its official ruling on the deadly shooting, but family members and police say all evidence leads them to believe it was a tragic accident.
On Wednesday evening, Hoover police released this statement:
“Detectives have spent the past 24 hours collecting and analyzing evidence, interviewing numerous individuals and constructing a meticulous timeline of events. Detectives have considered every possible scenario in an attempt to determine who shot the victim. There is still no indication that an intruder or any third person was involved in this incident. Physical evidence has also helped us determine that the victim could not have shot himself. All indications at this point still lead us to believe the child found the loaded handgun and accidentally shot his father.”
“Detectives have left no stone unturned in their efforts to determine exactly what happened in this case. There’s never a good scenario when it involves a tragic death but it appears that this case may represent the unthinkable,” Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector told AL.com. “It’s just an absolute horrible tragedy. Our hearts go out for Mr. Chambliss’ family and friends. They’re going through a rough time right now and they need prayers and support.”
This is another life that could have been spared by a greater measure of safety in maintaining a weapon. But again, the conversation of finding alternative ways to protect ourselves should be happening. I know it seems impossible because all signs point to a world that will never be free of guns; and there have been many attempts by local organizations to encourage gangs and others to relinquish their guns. It’s one of those things I believe we should keep working towards. What greater encouragement does one need, than the number of killings that continue to happen as the result of a gunshot.
Read more about this tragic story here.
RIP Divine Chambliss and our deepest condolences to the Chambliss family.