There is always a bigger picture, and it isn't being told here. We know
nothing of the history of the teen, whether he was feeling less safe or bullied,
and thus thought a gun would be useful to have around, or whether he was
influenced by associates who thought that a gun would be a useful thing to have
around.He had the gun for a year. Had he used it before,
"played" with it before? After a year did he have any reason to think
it was or was not loaded? Had he ever bought ammunition for the gun?What were his reasons for having it in a room with his sister? What was his
attitude showing her the gun? Was he demonstrating his power by his possession,
or was he trying to show her his neat "toy?" Was he threatening her and
it went bad, or was he showing her that he could now protect her and it went
Let's see...If I leave a stick of dynamite in my yard, and somebody "stole" it, and accidently blew somebody or
something up with it...I WOULD be held accountable.BTW -
I have guns, I was in the Military.I keep everything in a gun safe.Just like I was taught in the Military.Same with the Police
Departments....ALWAYS in a gun safe, or armory -- ALWAYS, no exceptions.
At least 92 children have died from firearms, so far, this year. More than half
were accidental.About 29% of households with children younger than
12 fail to lock up their guns, according to a 2006 study in Archives of
Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine by Harvard's David Hemenway and
others.In an experiment in which researchers observed how 8- to
12-year-old boys behaved when left alone in a room with a hidden gun, 75% of
boys found the gun within 15 minutes. Only one of 64 kids in the experiment left
the room to notify an adult. The gun was modified so it couldn't fire.Of the boys who found the gun, 63% handled it and 33% pulled the
trigger.More than 90% of boys who handled the gun or pulled the
trigger said they had received some sort of gun safety instruction, says
Kellermann, co-author of the study, published in Pediatrics in 2001.
Conservative gun owners need to be more responsible with their weapons. Leaving
a gun in a car for a curious teenager is totally irresponsible.The gun
owner that left this gun in his car should shoulder some of the responsibility.
Cassadove, I do not know about you or others, but, unless I suspect my child is
in trouble or has done something he or she should not have done, I am not in the
practice of looking throughout his room for contraband. I do no make it a
regular habit to search under beds, go through closets and drawers, etc of my
kids rooms unless I feel something is amiss. I find it totally believable that a
teen can have an item that a parent is not aware of. And yes, kids do wrong or
dangerous things even though they have been taught, trained and cautioned
differently. Unless your kids, if you have them, are the perfect exception, I
believe that you too have had them do things they were taught not to. I have
great kids, yet each one of them, at some point, have done stupid things, not
illegal, but nonetheless dumb. You assume his parents did not teach him. Sheesh,
please do not judge what you do not know.
"Another case of the proliferation of guns in our society causing
trouble." It's really another case of proliferation of car burglary and
clueless parents causing trouble.
If this young man had attended one of the NRA's "Eddie Eagle"
GunSafe courses, he likely would not have "accidentally" shot his
Sister. This program has reached 25 million youth since its inception in 1988...
and is one of the many good things this wonderful organization does.
Another case of the proliferation of guns in our society causing trouble.
That's not a liberal statement; that's a conservative comment. I
value life and I think that we should be conservative in our use of such
My question is, how the heck did the parents NOT find the gun? Better yet, why
wasn't this boy taught the importance of gun safety, and the common sense
that you DON'T "play" with guns in the house!? Sheesh... I
don't think the boy should be tried as an adult (unless malicious intent
can be proven), but he needs to be held accountable for his actions, and
I'm of the opinion that his parents should have to explain why their son
thought it was okay to "play" with a gun in the house.
Chris is using a bit of sarcasm Bob.
"Liberals should make it illegal to steal guns."Uh. . .
Chris, it's already -- you know something? Nevermind.
It's already illegal to steal anything Chris (except sometimes a kiss), and
I doubt it arose from a partisan vote.The fact of the theft however, may
well remove the 'accidental' aspect of the shooting. The DA for
Clearfield will have to make the decision about whether or not to prosecute, and
for what crime if any. Hard to see how the fact of theft is not part of what
Liberals should make it illegal to steal guns.Then this
wouldn't have happened.
That family is so lucky. Hope the kid is thankful and will straighten up and fly