Advocates for gun rights often repeat the slogan, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” But if guns weren’t so easy to obtain, there’s a good chance that a 3-year-old would not be responsible for the shooting death of his mother.

According to police in Miramar, Fla., the 3-year-old was playing with a loaded gun when he accidentally pulled the trigger and shot his 33-year-old mother, Julia Bennett, in the back. The child is apparently unaware of the crime that police are saying that he committed.

However, police may want to further investigate a man who was also in the home during the murder. He called the police and told them what the 3-year-old had done. If the gun belongs to the man, he could be charged with involuntary manslaughter due to negligence.

Expect more developments from this unthinkable tragedy.–a.r.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.