* And all other victims, prior and hence.
Period. This teenager had been grounded but snuck out to a party. Drunk and confused later, he thought he was coming back to his own home and tried to slip in without waking his family. The person, who actually resided in the house two doors from the Gordley place, was startled, has claimed he fired a warning shot and then killed the popular and promising high school athlete.
This was not a madman coming into a school, movie theater or shopping mall armed to the teeth.
The New York Times has a reporter who tracks the accidental gun deaths in America. They are always tragic.
Okay, unless such incidents are not fatal and happen during an NRA inspired Gun Appreciation Day, then each scenario is ironically funny.
But far too often (we can pray it is accidental), a father kills a child, or one sibling finds a gun and kills a brother or sister. Thus destroying that family forever.
Stop whining. This column hears you screaming that you hunt. Fine. Buy a rifle and lock it up, unloaded. Keep it in storage or someplace away from where people live.
And frankly, only 5% of our citizens actually hunt. So stop trotting out that old chestnut.
Oh, and if folks are quaking in their boots about the erosion of the Constitution, then fight for each and every amendment, not just the Second.
It appears that there is an overlapping constituency of people demanding guns for any and all folks, except those actually in prison, but only high fives for attempts to limit voting.
Participating in elections is also a fundamental right set forth by the Founding Fathers and franchisement has been expanded throughout our history as our civilization continued to get wiser.
This column lives in Baltimore City. You know: The Wire. Before David Simon was enjoying the music and food of New Orleans, he spent time with a local homicide squad. That resulted in a book and a different television show.
Back then, Charm City had a murder a day. It was more dangerous than Detroit or any other place in our nation.
Fatal crime, although reduced, still rips through the city hundreds of times, year in and year out.
This column has an alarm system. If someone breaks in, the police are notified
Because the person to combat a stray teenager looking for his bed, is hopefully a trained professional.
And one can only pray that he does not becomes a statistic.