NOTE Since writing this post other versions of the story behind this tragic and unnecessary gun related death have emerged. See the comments below.
The conversation that emerged from this post is not obviated by the story being different, as that conversation is more general.
I am not suggesting that one particular version of the story or another is correct. You’ll have tobdo your own research on that.
Did I say toys? Sorry, didn’t mean to prejudice the case. I meant “Legal Firearms For Protection Against Intruders and a Repressive Government.”
We talk a lot about gun ownership and gun control on this blog, partly because I keep bringing it up. One of the reasons that I keep bringing it up is out of personal obstinacy. I dislike being told what I’m thinking by others who are not paying attention. I also dislike dogmatic arguments. And, I find it amusing that many right wingers assume that everyone who is not a wingnut is anti gun ownership. This conflation of Liberal with Unarmed is a dangerous assumption.
Anyway, yesterday, Burnsville Minnesota resident Michael Cody Schwartz was sentenced to a brief prison term, probation, and community service for shooting to death Logan Ahlers.
Logan and Cody knew each other since they were little kids, were very close friends, and spent a lot of time together. Cody kept a handgun in his apartment to defend himself against intruders. So, when his best friend, Logan came over one night unannounced, Cody killed him.
So, that idea that you can have a handgun in your home and use it to kill an intruder works. The part about separating intruders from your teenage child who had sneaked out for a few hours in the middle of the night or your best friend who let himself in from actual dangerous intruders is bullshit.
This is a failure of the system. Does this require new laws? Enforcement of existing laws? Better training? Required procedures for having a gun in the home? Or is this acceptable loss, for the liberty of being armed and dangerous?
A quick look at the available information does not provide any information about the legality of the weapon involved. I’m inquiring.