Yet another irresponsible gun owner’s negligence goes unpunished:
CHATTANOOGA — A Hamilton County grand jury has chosen not to indict a grandfather after his 2-year-old grandson accidentally shot himself with the man’s pistol.
The Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office had pursued a charge of criminally negligent homicide against Stan Nowell. The grand jury last week issued a no true bill, meaning they did not believe there was enough evidence against Nowell to take the case to trial.
Two-year-old Brennan Nowell shot himself on Dec. 20 after his grandfather left a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol on a chair.
Stan Nowell is a pastor and a missionary who started Forgotten Child Ministries, an organization that helps street children in Honduras.
Well I give the DA’s office props for trying. By the way, here’s a picture of Stan Nowell from the Forgotten Child Ministries LinkedIn profile:
Here’s a similar case of gun negligence. Remember Jamal Woolford Sr.? He’s the guy who was in bed (possibly asleep, I’m not sure) when his 4-year-old son found his dad’s loaded .44 and accidentally killed himself. The bullet also wounded the boy’s mother. Woolford was arrested, charged, and put on trial, facing 100 years in prison if found guilty of all the charges. Here’s his picture:
Notice anything different? (By the way, Woolford was acquited of the manslaughter charge this week, but found guilty of reckless endangerment and other charges, including a cocaine charge unrelated to the gun incident. So he’s going to jail anyway.)
I know, I know … different cases, different states, you can’t compare them. But it does seem to me, just from perusing the headlines, that white people are not charged in these gun negligence cases as often as black people are. I wonder if anyone has looked into whether there is indeed racial disparity in gun accident convictions?