The previous post cited the example of Moises Zambrana, who negligently left a bullet in his gun while showing it off to two other men in a Florida church. The gun went off, killing the pastor’s daughter.
Today, in Washington state, a nine year old boy was ‘shaking and weeping’ in a Seattle courtroom as he stood accused of accidentally shooting an eight year old girl. He picked up a hand gun from his mother’s house, and took it into school in his schoolbag. The gun went off as he dropped the bag down on his desk, wounding his classmate in the stomach.
The two cases have similarities: both weapons were discharged accidentally, neither Zambrana nor the boy intended to kill or injure anyone. There is, however, one huge difference: Moises Zambrana is a supposedly mature, middle-aged man. The boy in Seattle is only nine years old.
No action is being taken against Zambrana, despite his gross negligence. The boy is being held in a juvenile detention center and stands to be charged with ‘suspicion of unlawful possession of a gun, bringing a dangerous weapon to school, and third-degree assault’.
Washington state has no law requiring gun owners to keep their weapons out of the reach of children(!)
There is no justice in America. The law allows adults to treat lethal firearms as playthings, then penalizes small children for emulating adults.
This is not a mature nation, it’s a collection of fifty banana republics each with its own – slightly differing, but equally insane – set of laws regarding the ownership of firearms.
And not one of those fifty has the guts to stand up and say, “Enough is enough!”