Dept. of Oh for Jebus’s Sake:
From the Seattle Post (lack of) Intelligencer comes this little op-ed, Gun recklessness should be a crime
One of the reasons commonly given for legislators repeatedly blocking a bill to punish adults for unsafe storage of firearms is that the existing reckless endangerment law is sufficient to protect children.
Yes, it’s always for the Children™
The test will come with the case of Amy Levitt, a Kirkland woman alleged to have been so careless with her .357 Magnum revolver that she didn’t note its absence for two weeks and blithely accepted her 12-year-old son’s denial that he had taken it.
Police say the boy had taken the pistol all right — taken it to school, and many times. They say he brought it to A.G. Bell Elementary School, pointed the loaded pistol at other kids’ heads and threatened to kill the principal.
The boy faces 10 criminal charges in juvenile court, including assault and felony harassment. Levitt faces at least one charge herself: reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
That would seem the minimum punishment for someone whose behavior is so careless, so reckless, as to allow so many children to be put at risk. Is it enough to deter unsafe firearms storage?
Perhaps the Kirkland case will make the case against the need for firearm-specific legislation. It may also make the case that existing law is deficient.
We know this much: If this sort of reckless treatment of a lethal weapon is not a crime, it sure should be. And the Legislature should make it so.
(All emphasis mine.)
OK, what do we have here? Morons. And so is Ms. Levitt. Let’s get this straight – she can receive a YEAR IN JAIL and a $5K fine, but THIS IS NOT ENOUGH TO DETER HER FROM BEING A MORON. Noooooo, we need a bright & shiny NEW LAW that will make it REALLY, REALLY illegal to be a moron. THAT will stop people from being stupid! THAT will make them lock up their guns that we shouldn’t allow them to have, but can’t prevent because of that useless pesky Second Amendment thing.
Get this straight, members of the Seattle P.I. editorial board: Laws like this punish people after the fact. They aren’t going to prevent stupid people from being stupid, even if you threaten them with death.
And they aren’t going to make them good parents, either.