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SHOOTINGS: Prosecute officer and wife as well

Letter by Chad J. Legg, Tacoma on March 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | 10 Comments »
March 14, 2012 2:15 pm

It is appalling to me the hypocrisy floating around the media regarding two separate incidents in which children were shot.

The first instance was the situation in Kitsap County where a young boy gained access to a weapon while at his mother’s house. This weapon was accidentally discharged at school, nearly killing the boy’s fellow classmate.

The media went crazy talking about how severely this mother should be punished for allowing access to a weapon that nearly killed a young girl, and I say rightfully so. The hypocrisy begins when, a little more than a week later, a Marysville police officer and his wife leave two children unattended in a vehicle with a loaded weapon. The older of the two gets this weapon and fires it, killing his sister (TNT, 3-11).

Instead of outrage, the media rush to support the officer. This officer and his wife are at least as at fault for their daughter’s death as the woman in Kitsap County is.

In fact, they are more culpable due to the fact that he is a trained law enforcement officer and should know the dangers of having a loaded weapon accessible by children and he and his wife left their young children unattended in a vehicle with a loaded gun.

Were it not for their negligence by providing access to this weapon, their daughter would be alive. They should both be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law just like the woman in Kitsap County should be.

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