reply to post by extraterrestrialentity
Authorities say the uncle, 29-year-old Jeffrey D. Walker, has been charged with culpable negligence
BS, he should be charged with manslaughter or something more serious. I'm tired of reading stories of irresponsible folks who leave LOADED and
UNLOCKED guns just laying about, when in the presence of small children! It is ridiculous, that just a TINY BIT of common sense could have prevented
I'm a gun owner myself, but would NEVER presume to have LOADED or UNLOCKED guns anywhere a child can get to them. I keep my weapons UNLOADED and
LOCKED up, and I don't even have small children in the house (though my friends and their kids come over). Still, I know they are safely hidden and
locked away from curious little ones.
The gun wasn't just laying around. It was in a backpack
It was LOADED and UNLOCKED, which to curious kids is the equivalent of just laying around.
No child or family should come to that fate, but things like this happen. I dont see the fault in the owner except that he didn't anticipate
what took place. He was certainly short sighted, but that shouldnt be a reason to be thrown in jail.
BS, he shares a room with a 3 year old, but leaves a LOADED and UNLOCKED weapon in his bag? Short-sighted? No, blatantly irresponsible, and shy of
pulling the trigger himself, he killed that kid. Things like this don't just "happen". If he was a responsible gun owner, the tragedy never would have
occurred. As one who has been through his CCW class, he would have learned proper safety steps (and for less than $10 for a trigger lock, he could
have prevented it), he simply chose to ignore them, and now his nephew is dead.
To be honest, I'm kind of taking all of these recent stories as an omen, and this week, I'm going to buy some trigger locks for my guns, even though
they are already secured in a well-locked closet. I have a moody 18 yr old stepson, and even though it is an exterior door lock, not sure I trust in
that alone to keep them secured. Of course, he isn't aware that they are kept there either, but I think I'll feel better with this extra layer of
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