But realistically, if the toddler had shot a clerk rather than the firearm owner, the firearm owner would be facing some criminal charges and likely civil penalties as well. She didn't have simple error in judgment, she totally disregarded the rules of CCP and her obligations as a mother.
I believe we do a great disservice the predominantly responsible firearm owners to see her errors as being less than they are.
I think the over-reaction to this issue (from anti-gun folks) be because her error was not seen as bad as it was. It was bad as a CCP holder it was bad as a parent.
Unfortunately she will never be able to learn from her own mistakes - but others can.
There are ugly sides to many things. And parents kill/injure their own kids in their own cars more than with their firearms. Cars, pools, dogs, bicycles....lots of things have ugly sides. And it's our own responsibilities to make them as safe as possible.
I think it would be unfair to call her irresponsible in general everyone makes mistakes and hers turned out to be fatal. I mean less you're that one perfect person is never done anything wrong, then comment away. The problem is many people here are not calling the act irresponsible, they're calling someone who can't come and defend herself irresponsible