Sunday, November 23, 2008
Get Rid of Guns!
I just read about the following story in the paper this morning. This 3rd grader shot and killed his father and the father's friend in their home. It's not in this article but the Honolulu Advertiser reports the grandmother saying the rifle belonged to the boy.
In the end, it doesn't just rile me that the loaded gun belonged to the elementary school child but that there was a gun in the house at all.
Why? Why do we need guns? Why do we need guns that are even more powerful than what the police use? I've been hearing how people have been snapping up high powered, automatic guns from the gun stores because Obama will be in office and he is advocating better gun laws. Gun advocates will tell you that knives kill people, too so why not ban them? For one thing, you can't shoot a bunch of knives from a far distance now can you? For 10 SIMPLE reasons to ban guns go to this site. http://www.escape-co.com/ban_guns.htm
Everytime there is a school shooting or someone is accidentally or not accidentally killed we get a tiny bit of uproar about needing better gun laws. Then people forget or some lobby squelches it. It's so infuriating! You get so mad you want to shoot off a gun.
See what I mean?
(AP) Police in this small eastern Arizona community are looking into the possibility that an 8-year-old boy who is charged with killing his father and another man with a rifle had been abused, the police chief said Saturday.
The boy, who faces two counts of premeditated murder, did not act on the spur of the moment, Police Chief Roy Melnick said.
"I'm not accusing anybody of anything at this point," he said Saturday. "But we're certainly going to look at the abuse part of this. He's 8 years old. He just doesn't decide one day that he's going to shoot his father and shoot his father's friend for no reason. Something led up to this."
A judge determined Friday that there was probable cause to show the boy fatally shot his father, Vincent Romero, 29, and Timothy Romans, 39, of San Carlos, with a .22-caliber rifle.
Under Arizona law, charges can be filed against anyone 8 or older. The judge ordered a psychological evaluation.
The boy had no record of complaints with Arizona Child Protective Services, said Apache County Attorney Brad Carlyon.