I’m sorry you accidentally murdered your son but maybe if we started prosecuting gun negligence the same way we prosecute drunk driving negligence shit like this wouldn’t keep happening:
Father Won’t Be Charged In Shooting That Left Young Son Dead
MERCER, Pa. (January 16, 2013)–A Pennsylvania father won’t face charges for the accidental shooting death of his 7-year-old son outside of a gun store, prosecutors say.
The Herald of Sharon reported Wednesday that Mercer County District Attorney Robert Kochems announced he won’t charge Joseph Loughrey, 44, in the Dec. 8 shooting death of his son, Craig.
Police said the boy was buckling himself into his safety seat in his father’s truck when a handgun accidentally discharged as his father got in the front seat.
Kochems says Loughrey had removed the magazine from the pistol, but didn’t realize there was still a round in the chamber when he tried to sell the gun at Twig’s Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township.
When the sale didn’t go through, Loughrey brought the gun back to the truck, where it accidentally fired.
God I’m so sick of this shit. Just like magic, the gun went off! All by it’s own self! Seriously? No, the gun did not “accidentally fire.” It did not “accidentally discharge,” all by itself. Joseph Loughrey fired the gun, accidentally. Huge fucking difference. Love this reporter’s twisting of the facts here, don’t you?
There are no gun accidents. There’s negligent behavior resulting in inevitable tragedy. Unless the gun up and fired itself — in which case, sorry! You can’t sue the manufacturer thanks to Republicans! But that’s not what happened here.
If you get drunk and get in the driver’s seat of a car and kill your child in an accident, you go to jail. Pregnant women who have miscarriages are being sent to jail. But a gun loon can kill his son because he “didn’t realize there was still a round in the chamber” and he’s suffered enough.
The reason this makes me nuts is because these negligent gun discharges are behind the vast majority of shootings in this country. We get all upset over mass shooting incidents like Aurora and Newtown but those are comparatively rare. Instead we have idiots like this woman, who shot herself while fumbling around in her purse.
Stop pretending these people aren’t dangerous. They are. Prosecute. Prosecute. Prosecute.