This seems to be happening much more frequently these days:
A young boy managed to get hold of a gun Thursday afternoon and shot his mother in the face as they both rode in a work truck on Interstate 95, Johnston County authorities said.
Authorities were investigating how the boy got his hands on the gun.
It can't be that big a mystery. The gun was either in the glove compartment or under the seat. Or maybe in her purse. But whatever the case, it was also loaded. And if it was an automatic, a round had probably already been chambered. Which would make the "idiot" checklist complete. Here's another one, this time taking the life of a 10 year-old girl: