Friday, February 09, 2007

Parents Charged for Loaded Gun Brought to School by Second Grader

I'm a strong "second amendment - right to bear arms" advocate, however, this story is disturbing. Per the STL PD:

A Moscow Mills couple who kept more than 80 firearms in their home were charged Thursday with child endangerment after the woman's 8-year-old son carried a loaded handgun in his backpack all day at school.

The gun was discovered after the child showed the gun to a fellow student and a third student overheard the conversation and told school authorities. The hand gun was loaded and the safety was off. The child's parents have been charged with "easy access to weapons":

Charged in the case are Tina C. Powell, 41, and David Himmel, 43, both of the 600 block of Rolling Meadows Drive. Himmel and Powell were arrested and released after posting $25,000 bond each.............."We're holding the parents responsible for this because of the easy access to weapons," said Lincoln County Prosecutor John Richards................

All 80 guns were legally owned and none were confiscated. According the report the child is remorseful and understands that he made a really big mistake:

"He understands that what he did was wrong, but I don't know if he understands the magnitude of what could have happened," he said (Sheriff Dan Torres) .

Well it's reassuring that the child understands what he did was wrong and I hope that the story educates many on the potential for the huge disaster that we could have seen. No word yet on whether the parents understand the magnitude of error here. The right to own and possess guns is a guaranteed constitutional right via the second amendment, for those who meet the legal requirements. Its a very important right that also carries an equally important responsibility that it would appear was not adhered to by the parents of this child.............

Better custody and care are required of both the guns and the child I'd say.............