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OK Teen Does Negligent Homicide / Suicide

Posted on the 22 October 2011 by Mikeb302000
 The local news reports on what they're calling a murder/suicide, but it doesn't sound like that.  17-year-old Jonathan Buss Jr. somehow shot two people, one of them died, and turned the gun on himself. "Witnesses said his reaction to the shooting makes them believe it was a complete accident."
But here's the classic reaction from gun-owning dad.
"When this happened, he wasn't supposed to have my gun and he knew it," Buss Sr. said
Everyone seems to agree the boy had some problems. He'd dropped out of high school and was thinking about joining the Marines, they said he'd had all the normal 17-year-old problems.  Yet the gun was accessible to him.
The dad should be arrested for failing to secure his firearms properly.  He should suffer the One-strike-you're-out penalty of permanent loss of gun rights.  It should apply to the whole family, creating in effect a gun-free zone around that home.
Is that too severe? Is that more severe than the unnecessary loss of two lives due to gun availability and stupidity?  I don't think so.
What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

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