Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Boy, 12, will be tried as adult in double homicide

CNN Article

For those who are not familiar with the case; here are the highlights from CNN.com:

* Jordan Brown is facing adult charges in the February 2009 shooting death of his father's pregnant girlfriend, and a judge turned down a petition to have the case transferred from criminal to juvenile court.

* Houk's (the victim) 4-year-old daughter found her mother in her bed, according to police. The child alerted landscapers working near the home, who then called authorities.

* The weapon was a youth model 20-gauge shotgun, designed for use by children, that belonged to the boy, according to investigators.

The second amendment at its finest; does that final comment sink in? The shotgun, a weapon, was designed for use by children. Children! Those whom you have to explain the difference between real and make-believe to! And here we have a 12-year old who shot and murdered, in cold blood, his fathers pregnant girlfriend. And worse, her body was found by her 4-year old daughter.

I have never been to the US, I've seen enough westerns and documentaries to know, that way back in history, the 1780s, America was a free-for-all for every gun-totting cowboy. Hence, in the absense of law enforcement, the American people had to have a right to defend themselves. So granted, back then, it made sense to allow people to bear arms.

Nowadays, with 911, the FBI, the CIA, its an obsolete law. And every Tom, Dick and Harry can get a permit for a weapon in 3 days. Look at the social stigma of this; metal detectors in schools, the murder of that kid a year or so ago for being openly gay in school.

What will it take for the world to realise that, what was good in the past is not necessarily applicable nowadays?

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