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1 Skip Intro  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 9:43:47am

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, and anyway how many people were killed by cars, huh?

2 ReamWorks SKG  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 9:55:07am

re: #1 Skip Intro

You’re absolutely right! Let’s put this 4-year-old in jail!

(Can’t we at least all agree on harsh penalties for people who let kids have access to guns? Very often the parents aren’t punished under a strange legal “principle” that I call “Haven’t they suffered enough?” which makes no sense to me.)

3 Skip Intro  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 9:58:11am

As always, Charles Pierce puts things in perspective.

Really? And I thought he might be a tiny hit man, a juicebox button man. A gun is big and shiny and looks interesting to toddlers. If you put a lug wrench down on the bed, the toddler would pick that up, too. It’s just that a lug wrench can’t go off and actually kill somebody standing across the room. And this guy was a deputy sheriff. I certainly have great faith in the NRA’s plan to arm Waldo, the Middle School Janitor to the teeth and send him out into the halls some Monday morning when he’s had a rough weekend at deer camp.

4 theheat  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 10:35:55am

Maybe the 4 year old wasn’t the one who shot the woman. There were at least 4 people in the room. One was four years old, one was the sheriff, one was the sheriff’s (deceased) wife of one year, and the other a relative.

I’m not so sure the kid did it.

5 ReamWorks SKG  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 11:03:59am

If only there was an Armed Guard at the BBQ! He could have shot the toddler before he had the chance to shoot the Deputy’s wife

@theheat: I’d hope they’d check everyone’s hands for powder burns, etc

6 stabby  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 11:07:29am

12 years from now he’ll be playing this at his birthday party… er maybe

7 EiMitch  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 11:21:24am

So somebody left a gun in the open, unattended, and loaded? Why the hell was it loaded? Was this BBQ in Syria? Did the host have a shooting range in the basement? Why was it loaded? WHY?!

8 ktkeith  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 11:34:41am

The obvious comments aside, why doesn’t this woman get a name until the end of the second graf? She’s repeatedly referred to as the “deputy sherriff’s wife” (i.e., the wife of the deputy sherriff who provided the gun that killed her); he gets named before she does, although the story and the headline feature her and not him.

9 palomino  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 2:02:32pm

re: #7 EiMitch

So somebody left a gun in the open, unattended, and loaded? Why the hell was it loaded? Was this BBQ in Syria? Did the host have a shooting range in the basement? Why was it loaded? WHY?!

You don’t understand the gun owning patriot mentality. Probably because you’re a rational person. Regardless, in this culture, the gun is always loaded.

10 theheat  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 2:34:15pm

re: #8 ktkeith

Because it seems law enforcement officer status trumps anything else, always. It’s about his mistake and his loss, not the actual person killed. //

Still thinking there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

11 Tigger2  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 3:15:49pm

re: #7 EiMitch

So somebody left a gun in the open, unattended, and loaded? Why the hell was it loaded? Was this BBQ in Syria? Did the host have a shooting range in the basement? Why was it loaded? WHY?!

Because they’re responsible gun owners. //

12 EiMitch  Tue, Apr 9, 2013 8:10:35pm

re: #9 palomino

re: #11 Tigger2

Oh, I don’t know, huh?

My father is a gun owner, and he swallowed some of the right’s extremist crap these last few years. (and while ironically denying the right has become extremist, because why not) So I’ve got a bit more insight than you presume.

Yet, regarding gun safety, my dad knows better than that. He won’t leave guns loaded nor lying around outside of his safe.

This isn’t a “patriot” thing. Its a “perform a frontal-lobotomy on yourself” thing. Its criminally stupid. Someone should be locked-up over this for a long time. And no, not the kid. He’s likely in for a lifetime of psychotherapy anyway.

I’ll say this again and again until it comes to pass: I’m in favor of requiring alot more training and testing people on gun safety before allowing them to own one.

13 Charleston Chew  Wed, Apr 10, 2013 7:04:36am

re: #1 Skip Intro

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, and anyway how many people were killed by cars, huh?

Guns don’t kill people; toddlers kill people!


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