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What a waste. When will these people ever learn. A little boy is dead because his dad has to have a handgun.
No, capsule, the boy isn't "dead because his dad has to have a handgun." The boy is dead beecause his dad, like far too many others, is a thoughtless, negligent, moron who didn't think something like this will ever happen to them.
The four main rules of gun safety are so SIMPLE, so easy, that there is NO excuse not to follow them at every moment there is a firearm (no matter what type) present, in your hand, in a holster, with a trigger lock, completely separate from all ammo...ALWAYS.
I was fortunate to have a father who, despite not owning guns, drilled these things in my head to the point that I get chuckles from friends and guys at the gunshop. I do not care in the least when people think I'm being overly cautious, because it never hurts to be cautious...being complacent can. I am not afraid of guns, I enjoy them for what they are, but if I havn't personally checked them they might as well be loaded.
The minute you think "no big deal, I'm careful, it won't happen to me" is when tragedy like this happens. It makes me and every other meticulously responsible gun owner sick.
And really, though I find the argument of - "whether a gun, knife, rock, club, baseball bat, bare hands, etc." - rather ineffectual and sophomoric; negligence with ANY dangerous and possibly deadly object (or activity) is just that...dangerous and possibly deadly. There's a reason we tell our children not to run with scissors, don't give them knives, don't let them play in the middle of the street, don't let them jump from the top of a jungle-gym, or run next to the pool, don't let them play in a drying machine, etc. Because these are dangerous activities and objects.
The fact that this was an adult, who should have known better, that was so grossly negligent makes it that much worse. In the instance of a child finding a gun (or running with scissors, or playing in the street), the adult SHOULD have taken precaution and steps to ensure they didn't have access. In this case the adult SHOULD have known better and verified before leaving the house that the gun was unloaded.
This man should be charged with negligence at the very least, though I would vie for more; if there are stiffer penalties then perhaps morons will start paying attention, though this shouldn't be necessary to begin with. There should be severe consequences, accident or not. When you make the decision to own and handle a deadly weapon (the sole purpose of which is to kill - "tool" or not, hunting or not, "object" or not), you take ALL responsibility for what happens when you mistreat it - by leaving it out where it can be found, mishandling, not following those gun safety rules, or not fighting hard enough if someone tries to take it from you while you're carrying it.
I am all for owning guns. I own, and carry, a firearm both at and away from work. That is the first thing that I accepted: this is my choice and I own the consequences...; not to sound boastful, but if more people had that attitude in their daily life (simply taking ultimate responsibility for their actions and effect on the people and world around them), the world would be a better place.
i am sorry but the excuse he did not realize the gun had a round chambered is lame. any gun I have even though I know I have not had a round chambered any time I pick my shotgun up I open the chamber to make sure there is not a round chambered. plus he should have had his son move out of the passenger seat even if he didknow for sure there was not a round chambered. I was taught to never point a weapon at anybody or anything unless I planned to use it. thank god I have never had to use it.
Guns don't kill people, dads kill sons.
Unfortunately this little boy could have been killed at any time by a father this lax in simple safety knowledge, responsibility and common sense. I mean, the guy is the type to text while driving, and not insist that his kid wear a seat belt. Others have said it already: treat every weapon as if it's loaded - even if you "know" it isn't; never point the muzzle at anything you don't intend to shoot; if it has a safety, have it on whenever you're not firing the weapon. Why was he carelessly pointing the muzzle at his son? Why was his finger anywhere near the trigger? He'll be asking himself those questions for the rest of his life. If this had to happen, it's too bad he didn't have the muzzle pointing toward himself. I'll bet he wishes it had been. Tragic, unnecessary.
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