Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

Time for a gun safety class?

Ugh. I'm stunned by news that a Georgia police officer's three-year-old son got hold of his father's gun and shot himself to death early this morning. The police officer father was out of town on business, and the gunshot woke the mother. Marcus wanted to grow up to be a police officer.

Such an incident is tragic under any circumstances, but there are so many failures inherent in this one, featuring a firearm owned by a working member of the law enforcement community. I can't even imagine how these parents must feel, and clearly the lion's share of the fault is theirs, but there's more than enough blame to go around. It's going to be painful and uncomfortable, but this guy's police department needs to beef up its firearm training with a focus on gun safety in the home.

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