Monday, October 27, 2008

Remember, guns don't kill people...

...though I must point out that this wouldn't have happened if he'd been using a bow and arrow.

Boy, 8, shot to death in Mass. gun show accident

The police are calling it a "self-inflicted accidental shooting." Self-inflicted. He was eight. And he was firing an automatic weapon, an Uzi submachine gun. Sort of like how, in statutory rape, the adult is always criminally liable because a child cannot form consent, to my bitter partisan elitist liberal dirty fucking hippie way of thinking, a child firing a high-powered weapon cannot be responsible for whatever happens. Ruling his death self-inflicted and accidental makes it his fault. It makes it a "shit happens" event that is just part of the price we pay for freedom, or some such bullshit.

Well, "shit happens" isn't good enough because somebody put the gun in his hand or otherwise made it available. "Mistakes were made" is the official, passive-voiced, Rumsfeldian manner of expressing the same sentiment. Who made them? Mistakes happen.

Fuck that.

Jail time for the proprietor who made the gun available and jail time for the instructor who agreed to it and jail time for the parent who allowed his child to have the gun in his hand ever at all.

That boy was murdered.

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