I know I may be sounding a little extreme but give it a moments thought. What better way to get rid of you children, then to leave 3 young children home alone with a loaded shotgun? As a matter of fact wouldn’t that also make a great lead-in for a Horror Movie. But this isn’t some movie theme, it’s real. Now, one child will have to live the nightmare of killing their sibling, for the rest of his life. In the news article a Texas 10-year-old boy has shot his 8-year-old brother with a shotgun, killing him. Their 13-year-old brother was there and called 911.
Think of the drama these lives will have to deal with. The 13-year-old will forever believe himself responsible for his brothers death because we all know we are responsible for our younger siblings. Then 10-year-old will forever carry the guilt because he is the one that shot the 8-year-old. But who is actually responsible for the death of this boy and the harm it does to the other two boys?
In case you are having difficulty pointing the finger at the guilty party in this case . . . It’s the adult that brought the gun into the home, and left it loaded and unsecured for children to gain access to it. I know somebody out there is going to say, “They’ve suffered enough, they have lost a child.” 3 children’s lives are destroyed and you think they should go unpunished because their negligence is the cause of it?
Charge them with MURDER and treat it like they murdered somebody else’s child. Just think, all they had to do was secure the weapon where the children would not have access to it, or unload it, or add a trigger lock. A $25.00 trigger lock or putting it where a kid can’t get to it, and an 8-year-old boy would be alive right now.
Oh, a link to the news story https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/ten-year-old-boy-accidentally-shoots-and-kills-eight-year-old-brother-with-shotgun-in-texas/ar-AA13pgex?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=b8d84143da404e58bc8ba9de87389350