posted on Jul, 12 2010 @ 06:16 PM
reply to post by hadriana
I think it is punishment enough. They were no threat to society.
As of this moment, this minute, the people are of no threat to society, that we know of. But at that moment they made that "mistake" they CREATED
the threat to society where a loaded firearm was in the possession their child without their supervision. That right there is criminal negligence.
Right here is an illegal act. If that happened and an officer saw that child, unsupervised, CARRYING A LOADED FIREARM, the parents of that child would
most definitely be charged with child endangerment.
Now seeing as the child went and shot and killed his sibling, as terrible as the event was, the parents are at fault for the unlawful killing through
their negligence of allowing the child to possess the gun unsupervised. Through these actions, they broke a law and committed involuntary
Should they be charged with involuntary manslaughter? Yes.
Should it be that nothing at all should happen to them (in the sense that "happen" would be to charging them with a crime) just because the victim
of the crime was their child? No.
You wouldn't not charge someone with a crime if the crime was done because of that person's stupidity, would you?