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Son Shoots Mom, a Gun Rights Activist

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A gun rights activist is recovering from wounds sustained earlier this week, after her son shot her in the back inside their pickup. The boy is 4.

Sheriff's officials discovered 31-year-old mother Jamie Gilt after they noticed her signaling for help from the cab of her truck.

"She was shot through the seat and the round went through her back," Sheriff's Capt. Joseph Wells told reporters in Florida. "There was a booster seat in the back of the vehicle, but, however, the boy was not strapped in when the deputy got to them."

The day before, Gilt posted on Facebook that her son gets "jacked up to target shoot."

According to the Washington Post, officials investigated the scene and found the boy gained access to a .45 caliber handgun while sitting in the backseat of the pickup's cab. He accidently shot his mother through the torso. Gilt had been towing a horse-trailer to a relative's house when the gun went off.

In Florida, it is a misdemeanor to store or leave a loaded firearm where a child can access it.

The boy was returned to his family and local sheriff's officers, along with the Florida Department of Children and Family Services, are looking into the incident to understand how the boy was able to get his hands on the gun. No charges have been filed.

The ironic elements of the story, and the fact that children shooting their parents is not altogether unheard of, set of a storm of tweets and Facebook shares criticizing the mother, the gun rights movement and the lack of guns laws which could prevent incidents like this.

Gilt's Facebook page, "Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense," has been removed.

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