Houston, You Have A Problem

[UPDATE]:

I guess this is a start.

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Busy few days in Houston, Texas. On Friday, I shared the news of a 3-year-old who found a gun in mom’s purse and shot himself in the head with it. He died.

Then yesterday morning, we have this:

A 4-year-old fatally shot himself Sunday morning with a gun he found at his babysitter’s house in north Harris County, officials said.

Relatives said the boy’s mother, Ashley Beal, had left him overnight with a babysitter so she could celebrate her birthday. Authorities aren’t sure how Codrick Beal found the gun in the home in the 1900 block of Imperial Stone Drive.

Now it’s Monday morning, and we have news of a 6-year-old who apparently has shot himself was shot by his 5-year-old brother. News is still coming in on this one.

All of this comes as the Republican legislature in Texas, as here in Tennessee, debates even looser gun laws. If I were Pat Robertson I’d be thinking God is screaming, shouting, hollering at y’all to knock it off.

But you know, suffer the children, etc.

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14 responses to “Houston, You Have A Problem

  1. CB

    Suffer the little children to have negligent parents. I am sick to death of these incidents being called accidents. I know at least part of the reason why the parents and/or caregivers aren’t charged is so the authorities won’t be in the unpleasant position of sending grieving parents to jail. But damnit, if you can have your kids taken away from you because you smoked a joint in the house, you should have any remaining ones taken away because you weren’t watching them enough to protect them from your guns. This is a large burr under my saddle.

  2. Kosh III

    Culling the herd; improving the gene pool, one gunloon at a time.

    • Moira MacGaothin

      So correct. Unfortunately, the DNA has not been removed from the shallow end of the gene pool before these morons reproduce.

  3. Jim in Memphis

    “In Texas, a person commits an offense if a child under 17 gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm and the person with criminal negligence failed to secure it or left it in a place to which the person knew or should have known the child would gain access.”

    Seems pretty straight forward that the owners of the weapons need to be prosecuted based on existing TX law.

    • And yet in practice, this doesn’t seem to be the case:

      Gun owners rarely face charges after kids accidentally hurt or killed

      […]

      “It’s extremely tragic when you’re looking at the parent of a deceased child as the one you’re going to prosecute,” said Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

      Former prosecutors tell KHOU 11 News each case is different, and Sheriff Garcia says they’re often emotional.

      “These families are going to live with this reality for the rest of their lives,” said Garcia.

      It seems “they’ve suffered enough” and “they have to live with this for the rest of their lives” seems to be the school of thought where gun negligence is concerned. But as I pointed out in an earlier thread, when it’s a drunk driver, not so much. Same criminal negligence, yet for some reason in one case we hold people responsible, and the other, we don’t. I wonder why? I think these DA’s are too scared of the NRA, myself.

  4. Another of my favorite bloggers is “Desert Beacon” and she has a wonderful piece on a ‘cost/benefit analysis of gun fatalities and injuries.
    here (hope I remembered how to post a link it’s been a while.)

    DB is someone much worth checking out right after you see if Beale has something new. She specializes in ‘centrist economics’ — meaning centrist in the Galbreathian mode — and progressive politics. Her posts are long but almost all of them are well worth reading, even the ones that seem to be too Nevada-centered. They frequently use Nevada thinking and Nevada politicians as representatives of ‘redstate America.’

    Their main benefit is her skill in explaining things in such a way that, when you finish, you not only know what you think — maybe on something you’ve never thought of in depth — but why you think it. (I can compare her to Asimov’s science essays and books in that respect.) Much worth knowing.

    • Thanks for the tip, I just went over there and read the cost-benefit analysis post. Very well done, indeed.

      • Sorry, can’t help repeating myself, because DB repeated HERSELF. New topic, guns on college campuses — with some very interesting comments about the adolescent brain. It’s today’s lead article — but scroll down and see her work on other topics as well.

        (Now if there were only a way to combine your passion and DBs slow, heavy demolitions, this would be one hell of a blog on gun issues.)

  5. democommie

    “with some very interesting comments about the adolescent brain.”

    I’m nearly through with, “The Same Axe. Twice–Restoration and Renewal in a Throwaway Age.” by Howard Mansfield.

    I’m not going to get this exactly right but in the chapter I just read this evening he records a remark by an architect/urban planner who states that the U.S. conception of “Place” is adolescent, in that it’s “all about me”. I see the gunzloonz as being eZackly that way.

    • No, she is using the term ‘adolescent brain’ literally. She is talking about guns on campus, and is discussing the recently-discovered later formation of some brain structures and responses in adolescents — who make up much of the student body on those campuses.

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