Sunday, February 22, 2009

Kids Plus Guns - Always An Awesome Combo

WAMPUM, Pa. – Fifth-grader Jordan Brown boarded the bus and headed to school like he did most other mornings in this rural western Pennsylvania community.

But before he left home on Friday, authorities say, the 11-year-old boy had shot his father's pregnant fiancee in the back of the head as she lay in bed. He then put his youth model 20-gauge shotgun back in his room before going out to catch his bus, police say.

I think most people usually talk about the horrors of an accidental shooting. Kids are playing with an adult's gun, it goes off, tragedy ensues.

But this is just far worse and I can't help but think that the old argument, "My kids are educated about guns. They know how to handle and use them safely, etc." just doesn't hold water.

If a kid has access to a gun without an adult's supervision, the adults in question might as well nominate themselves for the Darwin Awards now. Which in the end is exactly what happened.

4 comments:

Joan said...

I also read about this...so tragic. You wonder what could have led up to such a cold callous crime? Children even if "trained" in the use of guns, do not have the maturity to understand the consequences of their actions.

Joy said...

But this kid was obviously somewhat "alone" in that house. He got himself up, ready for school while the responsible adult slept. I'm not trying to make excuses, but where was the parental guidance?

Joan said...

We don't know if it was always that way with the fiancee - she was 8 months pregnant - who knows, maybe she was on bedrest?? Again no excuses, but it wold take a lot more than an 11 year old having to get ready for school to shoot and kill-there was a lot of hate involved.

Kate said...

I agree. The reason the age of consent is 18 is because until then most children are not able to think, reason and react like adults.

I find it unbelievable that an adult would entrust a child with a loaded gun, supervised or not.

Teaching them to clean, load or shoot is fine, but when gun-time is over the gun should go back under lock and key.