One of my biggest pet peeves is bad gun owners – people who are irresponsible with their firearms in one way or another and because of their irresponsible actions people get A) killed and B) give the anti-gun faction ammo to use against us.
Such as an example is James Michael Booher, who was recently arrested by Indy Metro PD after the shooting death of his 4 year old daughter by his 5 year old son. Here is the relevant factoid that ends any support or sympathy I would have had for Mr. Booher:
A spokesman said they planned to file neglect-related criminal charges today against Booher, 26, in part because his 5-year-old son was able to get hold of Booher’s gun from the top shelf of a bookcase.
When the [5 year old boy] grabbed the gun, it had no magazine but did have a round in the chamber, police said.
If there are children in your house, and you have guns in your house, it is your responsibility to perform three critical actions. The first action is to secure your firearms in an area or manner that a 5 year old child can not defeat. They make these marvelous inventions called “trigger locks” which usually require a key and when properly used render a firearm inoperable. Or, if you’re too lazy for that, you could have maybe checked the goddamn chamber on the gun to ensure that it was actually unloaded. The other responsibility that is incumbent on any gun owner with children in the house is to educate those children on firearms when they reach an appropriate age. Before that age, you need to ensure that they understand that touching guns is not something they are to do, ever.
I fully support filling charges of criminal negligence against this guy, and I hope they convict him. People like Mr. Booher are the kind of gun owners that give responsible, safety-minded gun owners a bad name.
I hate seeing things like this – it is absolutely appalling to me that a 4 year old girl lost her life due to this man’s negligence. As I said, he had three critical areas in which he failed to observe intelligent safety procedures:
- Failure to properly unload his firearm – popping the magazine out doesn’t do you any good if you don’t clear the action.
- Failure to properly secure his firearm – the top of a shelf doesn’t count as “safely away” from children.
- Failure to educate his kids – even at 5, a child is old enough to understand that “you don’t touch guns”.