The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
while she found a mate and had a child, that later procreated, it strikes me as darwinian selection, slow and delayd darwinian selection.
Except, Mors, that it's a 4 year-old girl.
Darwinian selection doesn't apply to people injured or killed by the incompetence of others.
Or is it natural selection at work when a poorly designed or maintained bridge collapses and kills 200 people?
Darwin often wrote about his work, and cautioned people not to apply it outside of it's narrow area of application. Unfortunately, like relativity in physics, it has been applied to lots of stuff that has nothing to do with evolution.
Although if we are going to talk about that, I'd like to note that the grandmother in question is 47. My own mother is only seven years older then that. Add into the little girl being 4, and I wonder just how much bad decisions and misuse of, shall we say, protective equipment run in the family.
This still counts as Darwin--She is making it less likely that her descendants will survive.
An incident like this is one of many reasons I don't like off-body carry. It is too easy to become complacent and not keep complete control of your gun.
If you dig into the story a little more, the grandmother is a magistrate. As I understand it, this is a judge for lower level criminal cases and civil actions. Anti-gun people will pick up on the CCW, but forget that many judges and prosecutors carry a weapon.
Oh-ho! She's an "Only One"?
Isn't that an interesting twist!
So much for her being prosecuted for anything, then.
"Or is it natural selection at work when a poorly designed or maintained bridge collapses and kills 200 people?" if its their own descendants that get killed, yes.
Mors, that is asinine.
The sad fact is that when our own stupidity causes other people to suffer, we lose the right to be stupid.
Bridge collapses fall into that category.
As sad as the death of a child is, it must be remembered that death by gunshot to a child that young is an extremely rare accident. More rare than a death caused by a mistake of the childs own doctor. Many times less common than drowning in bathtubs or pools. If I recall correctly, there are less than 100 per year, all tragic but without context, no meaningful information can be derived other than a warning for us all to be careful. We all make mistakes, some are recoverable, this one wasn't.