So how have the Anglins managed over the eleven months since their son’s death? “It’s been hard,” says Kelly, “there are still days I question God. What happened? Was he upset? Why was he messing with that gun?”
And for Dan there’s a huge burden of guilt – “I don’t feel like it was my fault, but did my actions contribute and the fact is yes and I can’t escape that but you could drive yourself crazy thinking what could have been.”
The “what ifs”, especially in an ‘accidental’ death are common hauntings for all bereaved parents but for us to truly empathise we would have to get round the common consensus in America that guns are no more or less dangerous than cars and the Anglins view that Jordan’s death was a tragic, possibly avoidable, but essentially a tragic accident.