Georgia Man Shoots Baby In The Face While Cleaning His Gun

Ronnie Howard (not Opie, another dude with the same name), a 36-year old Georgia man, is being charged with second degree murder. Why? Because he was simply exercising his second degree right to clean a loaded gun in front of his girlfriend’s 17-month old son, and it didn’t turn out so well. In fact, it turned out so poorly that he shot the baby in the face.


Ronnie Howard, 36, was originally charged with reckless conduct and second degree cruelty to children. The reckless conduct charge was upgraded to murder Friday afternoon in the shooting death of Victor Carroll, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Howard is the boyfriend of Brooke Carroll, the baby’s mother. Howard was cleaning a gun when it discharged hitting the baby in the face, a sheriff’s office news release states.

The couple drove the child to the Medical Center, Navicent Health where he was later pronounced dead.

The shooting occurred at the Hill-N-Dale Mobile Home Park in the 6400 block of Thomaston Road at about 3:30 p.m. The child was pronounced dead at 4:01 p.m., according to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

Hey, like, I realize that second amendment fans are very, very delicate and sensitive, and that they are just sick and tired of peaceniks like me telling them they should maybe not clean their loaded guns in the presence of infant children. However, could people maybe not clean loaded guns in the presence of infant children? Or anyone for that matter?

This is a tragedy. A completely preventable tragedy, and yes, this man deserves to go to jail. Just because you are allowed to have guns doesn’t mean you are allowed to be irresponsible with them. I see so, so, so many articles about accidental gun deaths, and I don’t even write all of them up. There are too many. Second amendment advocates are furious that people like me are afraid of guns, but it’s kind of hard not to be when these things happen with such regularity. Sure, some of them may be responsible, but no one else has any way of knowing who the unresponsible ones are until it’s too late. [WMAZ]