November 23, 2014 3:15 pm -

The 3-year-old Washington boy who was shot in the face by a 4-year-old while playing with a gun, is the son of a vocal opponent of the Washington State gun safety ballot initiative, I-594.

The boy was shot by a neighbor with an unsecured firearm in his own home.

The passage of I-594 was backed by Moms Demand Action.

Jon Holzwarth, the boy’s father, campaigned against the initiative, according to his Facebook page.

[su_center_ad]​He also shared this image of his daughter with her new rifle.

He also features an image of the injured child posing in front of his vehicle with a bumper sticker that reads, “My Gun Family.”

Local News pointed out Mr. Holzwarth’s Jeep parked outside his condominium with the sticker on his vehicle.

And the front door sign which reads, We don’t Dial 911″ with the image of a gun underneath. Although, he did call 911 when his own child was shot in the face due to irresponsible gun ownership.

​Jon Holzwarth of “Simple Security Solutions:”

Holzwarth’s son, who is currently listed in critical condition at a Seattle area hospital:

The toddler was shot in the face, likely due to the negligence of a gun enthusiast.

According to police, the 4-year-old may have accidentally shot the 3-year-old, but they are still investigating the incident.

On the passage of 1-594, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said, “Moms took the fight to keep our children safe from gun violence to a new grassroots level – and the election results show that while the gun lobby can bully politicians, they can’t bully the American people at the voting booth.”

I hope the little boy can one day smile again.  His father is the poster boy for what’s wrong with this country. He fought tooth and nail against background checks, and any sort of gun safety measure. Children are “accidentally” shot daily but there are no politicians with the balls to stand up and do something. It’s difficult to feel sorry for Jon because he’s one of the reasons that we can’t have a civil conversation about guns.

In 2010, Mr. Holzwarth said, “When seconds count and police are minutes away, you need people like me who are mentally stable and know how to handle a gun. We need to be out there, in your park, in your theater, in your stadium.”

Our hearts go out to his little boy.

Big thanks to my friend for the information.

Images: KIRO screen shots, and others images were circulated on social media, thereby making them fair use. [su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

43 responses to Images: 3-Year-Old Shot In The Face While Playing With A Gun Is Son Of Gun Enthusiast

  1. tracey marie November 23rd, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Let’s see how this father feels now.

  2. mfr4 November 23rd, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I really don’t get you guys. It goes on and on. Here’s a judge in Victoria, BC who probably defines the question pretty well.

    • tiredoftea November 23rd, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      That judge for every one here in the U.S.!

  3. Obewon November 23rd, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    “We don’t dial 911.” What did he do when his 3 year old was shot by an unsecured gun he irresponsibly left loaded and lying around? Darwinism kills gun nuts.

    • M D Reese November 23rd, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Good point.

  4. ExPFCWintergreen November 23rd, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Sad, this gun nut’s karma

  5. Stacey Hall November 23rd, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    He needs to be charged with a crime. We need to stop pretending like it’s not a criminal act to value your child so little that you won’t put a $4 trigger lock on a gun. Don’t reply with the tripe of “he’s suffering enough” bs. I’m sure Dianne Downs feels like she’s suffering too, that doesn’t mean she’s not a criminal. He needs to be in handcuffs right now and in jail.

    • viva_democracy November 23rd, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      I agree. A gun is a weapon of death. No matter how they try to spin it. When you don’t lock up your gun and a tragedy like this happens, the Parent who is supposed to be the responsible one should be charged criminally.
      Remember, Adam Lanza’s Mom didn’t lock up the guns either.

      • RichardCrow November 23rd, 2014 at 5:48 pm

        Well this much for sure, he’ll be reminded every time he looks at his sons face from now on and the saddest part is so will the son every time he looks in a mirror.

        He’s got a lot of reality from his inaction of securing the weapon to deal with, and that’s even before 1 charge is filed.

        • Judy Rae Jackson November 25th, 2014 at 4:12 am

          BUT will this guy learn from it? He won’t be charged with a crime because they never are. The DA will say “it is a family tragedy” which it absolutely is. Gun fetishists can RATIONALIZE anything & smart money says this guy has at least 4 good explanations/excuses as to HOW these kids got the gun.

    • Emile'sGhost November 23rd, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      It wasn’t his gun. It was a neighbor’s, learn how to read you moron.

      • RichardCrow November 23rd, 2014 at 5:31 pm

        Speaking of morons

        A neighbor child, visiting the HOLZWARTH household, shot the HOLZWARTH child in the face with the HOLZWARTH’S unsecured gun.

        Stock up on windex before YOU start throwing stones, ‘kay?

      • whatthe46 November 23rd, 2014 at 6:57 pm

        “The boy was shot by a neighbor with an unsecured firearm in his ‘own home'”.

      • Mandy Sue November 24th, 2014 at 3:38 am

        Whoever owned the gun should be charged but dad can take full responsibility for his young child loving guns and seeing them as fun.

      • Stacey Hall November 24th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

        Actually, it was his gun that the 4 year old neighbor shot his son with in his bedroom. I’m quite capable of reading, to the point that I have read multiple articles on it that all stated the exact same thing. His son was shot with his gun by his neighbors kid. He had to break HIS bedroom door in to get to the kids.
        Thank you so much for your insightful and witty attempt at an internet burn regarding my intelligence that simply proved the lack of your own though.

  6. Carla Akins November 23rd, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Poor baby. I can’t imagine (thank goodness). For all his talk, what he seemingly fails to realize is that you can’t force others to be responsible without the proper laws in place.Even then it’s a gamble.

  7. Rick Derris November 23rd, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Can we NOT bully a man that just lost his son for the sake of a political point?

    Have some class.

    • RichardCrow November 23rd, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      The child did NOT die and is not expected to.

      How about we not bury a child before he dies, m’kay?

      • Tommy6860 November 23rd, 2014 at 5:29 pm

        How about gun nuts whose fetishes put this child’s life at risk. Takes a lot of brass to have a sticker that expresses guns as families while one of his own gets the bullet because stupidity on gun safety.

      • Rick Derris November 23rd, 2014 at 5:29 pm

        My mistake.

        Thank you for pointing it out.

        Carry on, everyone. Nothing to see here.

        *walks away whistling innocently*

        • RichardCrow November 23rd, 2014 at 5:33 pm

          Sad situation all the way around.

    • Judy Rae Jackson November 23rd, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      MAYBE if this jackass actually FOLLOWED gun safety rules, his son wouldn’t be in the hospital? This cretin should be charged with criminal negligence at the VERY least. He left guns in an unsecured area where TODDLERS could find them & play with them. So much for him being any kind of “responsible”. CPS should investigate this household to see how many guns are lying around where toddlers can find them.

    • Bridgett Cash November 23rd, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Maybe if the father cared more for common sense than his abnormal love of guns his son wouldn’t be fighting for his life. His son is a toddler. Who do we blame when these things happen? It’s not an “accident, it is negligence.” Pure and Simple. How many more children will die or have died, in part, due to people like this father? Fighting for the rights of gun owners but not for the right for other children to be safe.

    • tracey marie November 23rd, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      his political fight and views is why his son was shot

    • Mandy Sue November 24th, 2014 at 3:34 am

      This isn’t about class. This is about responsibility for his actions, and sorry to say but this father deserves every bit of guilt and anguish he feels and will always feel, but maybe others will learn from this.

      • Mandy Sue November 24th, 2014 at 3:35 am

        what is worse is this was fairly predictable.

    • Greg November 24th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      This isn’t a political point. Calling for gun laws that will make people safer isn’t a political issue, it’s a safety issue. He put his gun fetish above his family. Hate to say this, he deserves this. His child did not but he did. Anyone who is dumb enough to put a gun in the hands of a 5 year old (his daughter) needs a wake up call. Unfortunately his son was his wake up call.

      • Rick Derris November 24th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

        Do you realize you’ve repeated what everyone else has said already?

        • annaaurora November 24th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

          It can’t be repeated enough.

          • Rick Derris November 24th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

            Sure it can. The point was made yesterday. I agree with it now that I realized that the kid isn’t dead, which is why I admitted my mistake.

  8. Tommy6860 November 23rd, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Two of these images stand out:

    -The front door sign: Just be sure to shoot anyone who also may have a medical emergency, that way, we save on tax dollars and insurance costs.

    – My Gun Family vehicle sticker: Simply expresses family values in the least importance. Earth to guns nuts, bullets aren’t the seeds that makes families.

    The image that really stands out:

    The one of that little boy who will never be the same, because love of weapons supersedes that of a person’s well being. :'(

  9. bpollen November 23rd, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    ““When seconds count and police are minutes away, you need people like me who are mentally stable and know how to handle a gun.”

    If your baby gets shot because you did NOT secure your gun, you do NOT know how to handle a gun. As your baby shows in horrible detail, you are EXACTLY the type of people who we DON’T need. When gun fetishism takes precedence over the safety of your children, I don’t even think you should have custody of EITHER of your kids. And in light of recent events, I seriously doubt the mentally stable part.

  10. Mandy Sue November 24th, 2014 at 3:30 am

    I hope the father is criminally prosecuted because it was most directly his fault what happened to that child.

    And why is it ok to take your small child coyote killing? It’s teaching your child how to be a sociopath. We are a sick society and these are the symptoms. It’s time to stand up to this madness and gun fetishist attitude

    • Len Thomas November 24th, 2014 at 10:43 am

      You are not a hunter so you will never know. in some parts of the US coyotes are a menace to pets,livestock and children.

  11. BoiseBoy November 24th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    “No Way To Prevent This,” Says Only Nation Where this Regularly Happens

  12. Dave November 24th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    The NRA says “This was a (good guy) 4 year old with a gun”…..”Arm ’em early”.

    • annaaurora November 24th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      I say when their born by god. Who needs a voting card when you gotta fucking gun. I’m kidding I’m for 2A-, a right to not carry.

  13. Ray November 24th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Yeah outlawing guns will work, just like outlawing drugs has.

    • Gilles Mickael Cochet November 24th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Nobody talked about outlawing guns. Stop being so childish and grow up.

    • Greg November 24th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      You’re the only one with the paranoia claiming that there’s a calling for an outright ban on guns. The only people I want to ban guns from are from the crazies like you who believe this is the actual agenda. FOX feeds you so much garbage that you suck it in that it’s hard to tell what you’ll do. In my city of Pittsburgh some years back three cops were murdered by a FOX viewer who was fed this crap. You can keep your guns but please stay off of FOX News. A FOX viewer is more dangerous than a gun owner.

  14. annaaurora November 24th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Well you 2A loving daddy how are you feeling now? Why not keep your eye on your own house from now on. We’re not talking about pretty little things here we’re talking about you know inanimate objects that kill things LIKE CHILDREN YOU MORON and ALL YOU OTHER MORONS!

  15. Sage_on_the_Hudson November 27th, 2014 at 4:19 am

    It deserved to be Holzwarth, himself, taking a bullet to the face, not his kid, who neither deserved to be shot nor be the son of an irresponsible, childish, self-righteous lout.

  16. glasspusher December 2nd, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Good luck, kiddo. Tragic.