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Gun rights advocates say toddler charges show no new gun laws needed

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on March 30, 2012 at 7:17 am with 6 Comments »
March 30, 2012 7:17 am

Gun rights advocates are citing this week’s charging of a Tacoma mother and her male friend in the accidental shooting of a 3-year-old as evidence no new laws are necessary to punish irresponsible gun owners.

“Criminal charges filed in the death of a Tacoma, Washington toddler prove that the state does not need a new gun law to hold adults responsible for firearms negligence,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said this week.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist Tuesday charged Jahnisha McIntosh, 22, and Eric Vita, 23, with second-degree manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of McIntosh’s 3-year-old son Julio.

Julio Segura-McIntosh died shortly after midnight March 14 after he accidentally shot himself in the head with a 9mm pistol belonging to Vita that his mother had placed under the driver’s seat in her car, prosecutors claim. The two defendants have pleaded innocent to the charges.

Both McIntosh and Vita were out of the car at a service station near the Tacoma Mall at the time of the shooting.

“The Citizens Committee has maintained all along that the answer to this sort of tragedy is not to rush out and pass some restrictive new law,” said the committee’s chairman, Alan Gottlieb. “Instead, Lindquist has acted with an existing statute, and that should send a message to Olympia that we have ample laws already to hold people accountable for their negligent acts.”

The McIntosh firearms death and another similar shooting in Snohomish County in which a Marysville police officer’s daughter died have prompted calls for new legislation requiring gun owners to further safeguard their weapons.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. Gottlieb has this one right.

  2. tacomajoe says:

    Tell the dead toddler and the parents that the gun laws are working.

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    Suggest a new law, Joe….just remember that pesky old Bill Of Rights. You can’t fix stupid or criminal with any law.

  4. tacomajoe says:

    You’re right, Blaine – the Founding Fathers had unfettered access to firearms by toddlers in mind when drafting the Bill of Rights. That makes total sense. Let’s divine the intentions of men that have been dead for 200 years, and live our lives by them. Maybe we can worship trees and snakes, too.

    I’m sure that any Court in the land would recognize your absolute right to weapons – just keep a nuclear bomb or mustard gas in your garage and see how far the Second Amendment gets you.

  5. tacomajoe says:

    BTW, this NRA hack is saying you CAN fix stupid or criminal with the laws that are currently on the books.

  6. esther414c says:

    He’s not saying you can FIX stupid or negligent, but rather people can HELD ACCOUNTABLE for it.

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