Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I guess it wasn't important enough

I heard this story on the news last night, but for some reason I can't find it in the on-line paper. It breaks my heart, so I'm going to talk about it here.
A child has been killed. I think he is a child, though he is 17...he still had a shitload of life ahead of him. This is such a redundant story, you hear it so often but people still don't do anything to try to prevent it. He found his father's gun, he and a friend were playing with it and it accidently went off. Yes, accidently. And now he's dead. Why couldn't his father keep the gun locked? Or why was it loaded for that matter? Why did his father have the gun somewhere that the kid could find it? What the hell was the kid doing playing with a gun? I understand that some people feel safer with a loaded gun in the house, but is it worth your child's life? Is it really? They're thinking about charging the father with involuntary manslaughter or something like that and obviously have taken the gun away. People, for the love of your children please please PLEASE if you MUST have a gun in the house, lock it up. Don't keep it loaded, don't keep it somewhere that your children can find it. You know what? Just buy a gun safe to lock it up in, I've seen pictures of these safes around, they have to be good. They can save the life of your child, they can save your life. If only that man had had his gun locked up, he would still have his son...



3 comments:

Melissa said...

I hate to read about stories like that. It is so sad and senseless.

JayMonster said...

You really should consider putting a disclaimer on your pay per post... uh... posts.

SuperMom said...

That is so sad. Imagine what kind of hell that father is going through. It's probably one of those things he just got comfortable with. I mean, you always worry about little kids with guns, but he probably thought his son was old enough to know better.