The man owned a virtual arsenal of firearms and ammunition, which was ineffectively secured. So it was fairly easy for his son, Tim, to arm himself and kill 15 people before turning a weapon on himself.
Subsequent to this horrific act, regulations have been rewritten to allow authorities to inspect gun collections in private homes, unannounced, to make sure they are secured properly. And now, charges are about to be filed against the gun-owning father.
It was a crime that plunged Germany into grief and shock. On March 11, 2009, Tim K., a 17-year-old from the small, Baden-Württemberg town of Weiler am Stein, killed 15 people in a shooting spree that started at his former high school in Winnenden. He then shot himself.
Now, public prosecutors plan to file negligent homicide charges against Tim K.’s father. The Beretta pistol that K. used in the bloodbath was taken from the bedroom of Tim K.’s parents, where it had not been locked up in the manner prescribed by German law.
I like the idea of unannounced inspections of gun owner’s homes to see if their guns are properly stowed. I’m sure the gun owners won’t mind. They are never doing anything wrong, I’m sure, so this should not be a problem for most. What do you think?