"RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER" KILLS HIS OWN SON
In the wake of the tragic mass murder in Colorado, the Right Wing Media has been in overdrive denying that allowing anyone who wants one to buy an assault rifle capable of killing 50 people a minute isn't dangerous, making up lies about the shooter being a registered Democrat (he isn't; in fact it doesn't appear that he's registered to vote at all), reviving the delusional "Obama wants to take everyone's guns away" bullsh*t, and even (thank you Alex Jones, for proving that even a psychotic can have his very own website) that the President was behind the shootings as part of the vast conspiracy to take everyone's guns away (just as Fast and Furious was part of the vast conspiracy even though Alberto Gonzales wrote the plan for Fast and Furious). We hear once again the tired line that "responsible gun owners" would never allow something like the Colorado shootings to have occurred.
The fact is that there really is no such thing as a "responsible gun owner". If you own a gun, you are a potential murderer. Period.
A "RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER" WOULD NOT KILL HIS OWN SON, WOULD HE?????
Article excerpt follows:
NY State Cop Accidentally Shoots And Kills Own Son
By Wendy Gittleson
July 23, 2012
A New York police officer was on a casual motorcycle trip with his son and a group of other men, when he shot his son dead, thinking he was an intruder.
From Raw Story:
Village of Perry Officer Michael Leach, 59, was sleeping at around 12:50 a.m. on Saturday morning when he was awakened by someone entering his Old Forge hotel room. Thinking the person was an intruder, Leach fired one shot, killing his 37-year-old son Matthew, according to The Observer-Dispatch.
Michael Leach called 911 and stated that he had shot an intruder.
Matthew Leach was later pronounced dead St. Elizabeth Medical Center. The father was taken to Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare for an unspecified medical issue.
While police are investigating the incident, it’s likely that it will be declared an accidental shooting.
Obviously, words can’t express the grief and guilt this father must be feeling, but in the wake of the Aurora, CO shooting, it does highlight a common argument in the gun control debate. After every shooting tragedy in the US, it seems that the pro-gun argument is that responsible gun owners would have helped mitigate the situation. Aurora was no exception, despite the fact that the shooter, dressed in black, filled the dark theater with smoke. Without night vision goggles, it’s unfathomable how more guns would have led to fewer victims.
Pending knowing the details of Officer Leach, it’s not a stretch to believe that he is a “responsible” gun owner, trained to handle and carry a gun with near perfect accuracy and without accidental mishap. The fact is, people, no matter how well-trained, are fallible. Sure, while it might literally be true that people kill people, guns are lethal. All it takes is a split-second reaction to either create or exacerbate a deadly tragedy.
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