Originally Posted by jjfuller1
So here's an issue.. Why are we all blaming the parent? We often use metephores to support our right to firearms. One could easily use one here. If the child had grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed or fallen, if he had snuck a lighter and burned the house down? We would blame the parent... If a bad guy steals an item and uses it for a Crime you scream at the top of your lungs... don't Blame me, it was the operators fault.. A kid does something stupid and we blame the parent... Hypocritical much???
If a bad guy broke in took the pistol shot some one would the parent be responsible for a criminals actions?? Or would we yell foul, hey the bad guy did it he knew better.....
There is a phrase in every vehicle's owner's manual that applies here. If you like it, lock it.
I agree that playing a blame game does not help, but the BF in the OP was a dumbazz for leaving a weapon unsecured where the kids could get to it, and the mother should have insisted he locked it up instead, or didn't bring it over with him. I would no sooner leave my truck keys where a 9 YO could get them than a loaded firearm where someone who should not have access to it. Both are deadly in the wrong hands, but only one would lead to jail time for me in most states. And i am not talking about the one that you need to go to DMV to register.
Also, some states will charge the adults in question if a minor is the one who uses the weapon inappropriately, most won't charge the parents if the kid goes for a joy ride in the family truckster. Where as i agree that the second option is much more frightening, the first one is no picnic either.
i like my guns and my truck, but I love my kid and my freedom enough to make damn well sure that anyone, family or otherwise, who should not have access to them can not get to the first two and endanger the latter. That is just being a responsible adult.
So, am I to take from your post that if someone stole your car, truck, rifle, shotgun. ect., and killed 3 people with it, you would feel no remorse? I personally would, even if it was safely stored and under lock and key. I can honestly say that I would feel a hell of a lot worse if I could have done more to prevent it. and chose not to do so.
Trust me, there are some things you can never come back from. There were mistakes in each of the stories on both ends of the equation, but ultimately, the end responsibility falls on the owner\parent to secure their belongings to try to prevent theft\criminal use\ accidents.