The fiancé of a man who accidentally fatally shot himself earlier this week as he was trying to calm his child says she’s still a strong supporter of the second amendment.
Kenneth Morris, 28, of Pennsylvania shot himself Tuesday afternoon as he tried to grab his .357 –caliber gun as it fell from his shoulder holster while he attempted to calm his crying child, according to police. His fiancé Cassandra Maree said the fatal tragedy doesn’t sway her belief in the citizens’ right to bear arms.
“I will believe in it [the second amendment] as my fiancé did,” Maree said. “He believed in it completely. There are a lot of idiots out there and if someone breaks in — I’m not going to just call the police to defend my family. What happened to Ken was a complete accident and accidents happen.”
Morris’ accidentally shot himself in the chest as he reached through a car’s rear driver’s side door to comfort his son. Maree said Morris was not holding the child when the gun went off and the child was in his carseat when the incident took place. Police say surveillance video captured the shooting, which happened in a driveway of a home.
Maree said Morris kept the gun on him to protect his family after threats were directed at her and their child.
“Everybody has the right to bear arms except criminals,” Maree said.
Morris was from the Nescopeck area. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
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