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Cleveland 8-Year-Old Brings Mom's Gun to School

Posted on the 25 September 2011 by Mikeb302000
19 Action News reports
The newscaster said, "The 8-year-old with a gun, not locked up in this case,but the case is referred to juvenile investigators."
Can someone please explain to me how in the world they can even talk about locking up a kid that young? Isn't that taking the individual responsibility theory a bit too far? The mom may face charges later, of course, but in all likelihood she won't. Remember this is Ohio, where guns and gun ownership is almost as sacred as they are in Arizona or Florida. Didn't we just talk about this the other day? Eight-year-olds like this grow up to be nineteen-year-olds like that, and by that time no one wants to hear about blaming the parents anymore.
What's your  opinion? Should improper storage of a firearm be a crime? Should allowing a young child to have access to a gun be a crime? Could we apply the one-strike-you're-out rule to these crimes? Wouldn't that prevent repeat incidents?
What do you think?  Please leave a comment.

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