Many of you have probably already read about the 12 year old Nevada boy who shot and killed a teacher and wounded two fellow students.
Now, police say charges may be brought against the parents of the 12 year old.
If so, and if the facts bear out, I say its about time.
If people knew that with the right to own a gun came serious, heaping loads of responsibility and accountability for owning that gun, do you think they'd think twice about buying one or owning one?
In GunFail after GunFail diary, we see a recurring theme - "tragic accident". Folks, in most of these cases, they are not tragic accidents. They are gross negiligence, serious acts of irresponsibility. Cleaning a gun while loaded? PLEASE !!
In this specific case, its not clear how the child got the gun. What is clear is that it came from the parents' home.
If its proven that the weapon was not secured and was freely accessible to this child, then the parents should be held responsible and liable to the fullest extent of the law in both criminal proceedings and civil proceedings brought by those affected.
However, if Nevada law is correct, they may never be held criminally responsible:
Nevada law bars any person from knowingly permitting a child to handle or possess a firearm except under adult supervision, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.Did you catch that? "Knowingly". This is just pathetic. Unless it can be proven he parents knowingly permitted their kid to access or handle a dangerous weapon, they get off free, at least criminally.
Our laws need to change. Along with rights come responsibilities and accountability. People who are responsible for "tragic accidents" need to be held to account for serious, reckless negligence and prosecuted as such.