Kearns boy says he took gun to school to defend himself

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  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    I find it very interesting how many of these people who are posting know so much about this child and his family. How they can judge the way he has been taught and what happens in his home on a regular basis. You must all be clairvoyant, I didn't even see a name. Another thing; If someone steals your car, goes on a joyride, hits a kid on a bike and kills that child, you would be willing to assume full responsibility for that? I think not!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    This kid is not saying or doing anything he hasn't already learned at home.

    Blame lies with the parents.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    Wow. Talk about missing important details.

    No one is advocating that 11 year-olds be allowed to carry guns in school.

    Utah law allows Concealed Weapon Permit holders to carry in schools. Those are people who have passed the background check for arrests, warrants, domestic violence, drug abuse, mental illness, dishonorable discharge from the military, etc. AND, that check is repeated on every permit holder every single day and their permits pulled if they suddenly fall into any of the prohibited categories. (And less than 1% ever do!) And, the permit holders all have passed training on legal use of self defense weapons, and the awesome responsibilities that attach to the weighty decision to carry a legal self defense weapon.

    Admittedly, these are not highly trained SWAT Team cops getting paid to enter an active shooter scene. However, they have met the criteria to be allowed to defend themselves, and others around them if they are in danger of death or seriously bodily injury. But, would you rather have a teacher or other school employ with those qualifications between a killer and your child, or only unarmed victims?

  • Utahprof Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    I could not agree more with "Most Truthful and Patriotic" that the parents need to face charges. I don't have a problem with firearms, but I have an awfully big problem with unsecured and poorly cared for firearms. People talk about gun rights, but we need to require - and enforce - gun responsibility. Guns need to be locked up and away from children if you ever have children in the house (talkin' to you grandparents) or, at a minimum, if no children are regularly around, have trigger locks. There are simply too many deaths traceable to carelessly stored and handled firearms.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    This kid is just following the example of what he sees and hears at home.

    Blame his parents.

  • Most Truthful and Patriotic Layton, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    Why aren't the parents facing charges?
    This boy pointed the gun at a little girl's head, and threatened to kill her (it's documented on video, shown on the news last night).

    ANY parent so lax with their guns, that a child can obtain them, should be charged with a crime.

    ....and ANY gun owner whose gun is misused by themselves or another person, should face the same charges as the criminal.
    I don't care if the gun was lent, stolen, lost or otherwise left unattended.
    If someone else can get your gun, you are liable.

    When a small child kills themself or anyone else, you should be charged with murder.
    It happens in Utah several times a year, and the guilty gun owner just gets patted on the head and given great sympathy.

    How many Adam Lanzas are being raised in Utah, right now, by parents with the survivalist mentality of Nancy Lanza?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    So what's the fuss?

    We've heard countless people urging that guns be permitted in schools to help protect students.

    And given the ridiculously lax requirements for obtaining a concealed carry permit in Utah, this kid is at least as well qualified as most adults who have CCPs.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 12:25 a.m.

    The boy is obviously lying.

    He got caught making threats and is now claiming that he was merely trying to "defend himself."

    yeah right. And these girls are just making up stories about how he threatened them?


    Where are the parents? Why didn't they lock up their weapon?