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Sheriff: 16-year-old boy in Fort Pierce kills both parents -- S...

There are 174 comments on the SouthFlorida.com story from Aug 3, 2007, titled Sheriff: 16-year-old boy in Fort Pierce kills both parents -- S.... In it, SouthFlorida.com reports that:

A 16-year-old boy who lived with his parents west of Fort Pierce shot and killed them late Thursday, then flagged down a St.

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um bop

Pompano Beach, FL

#50 Aug 3, 2007
that's right yuck it up...

Either this kid felt like this was his best alternative to stop some horrific pain. Or he was severely mentally troubled. But that's not good enough for some of you now is it?
jycsprings

Brentwood, TN

#51 Aug 3, 2007
Daisy Duke wrote:
This is so sad. Firearms kept for the purpose of self-protection are most often used in domestic disputes or are stolen by criminals. The number of times they are actually used for the reason they are purchased is a very small percentage of the total events. Insignificant things seem like major crises to adolescents and the inability to reason beyond the moment sometimes leads to irrational behavior. Add to this the availability of a firearm and you have the possibility of this kind of disaster.
Where did you get these "statistics" from, maybe the Brady bunch, er Brady Campaign. If you believe their statistics about gun violence, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
bms161

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#52 Aug 3, 2007
We do not know was caused this kid to kill his parents.
Many of us speculate the reasons.
First, how many of you have a 16 yr old kid? Do you know everything about him or her? Does he or she share everything with you? Every thought? joy? Disappointment?
Do you keep track of everything the child does or goes? Are you monitoring what that child watches or listens to?
Do you monitor the internet usage?

Even the best parents have to answer no to many of these questions. Right now the only person who knows why is the person that killed his parents.
Tpasta67

Stuart, FL

#53 Aug 3, 2007
Daisy Duke wrote:
This is so sad. Firearms kept for the purpose of self-protection are most often used in domestic disputes or are stolen by criminals. The number of times they are actually used for the reason they are purchased is a very small percentage of the total events. Insignificant things seem like major crises to adolescents and the inability to reason beyond the moment sometimes leads to irrational behavior. Add to this the availability of a firearm and you have the possibility of this kind of disaster.
I have yet to hear a case in which a home invasion was stopped by a homeowner with a gun used for protection.

I have nothing against owning a hunting riffle,(when it's used for hunting), but leave the automatic weapons to the military and the handguns to the police!
not me

Miami, FL

#54 Aug 3, 2007
lesson learned: Don't have kids.

Have more money and live longer.
pie

Boca Raton, FL

#56 Aug 3, 2007
Who is ultimately responsible, everyone. Society that says every immoral act is ok, because everyone has rights. It is the parents fault for not raising the child properly and apparently leaving a handgun within reach of the boy. And it is your fault for not taking a stand on moral issues. :-)
Semper Fi

San Jose, CA

#57 Aug 3, 2007
Tommy Chong wrote:
A gun should be in every home, although you have an 80% greater chance of being killed for owning one. But who cares?
YEAH GUNS!!! GUNS GUNS GUNS
The American way.
What Michael Moore movie did that statistic come from? In 1945 when the Japanese surrendured to the US the Japanese Comander was asked why they never invaded the US mainland. He replied that it was because "they knew behind every blade of grass would be an American with a gun". So you are 100% correct in saying Guns are the American way.
nohow

Boca Raton, FL

#58 Aug 3, 2007
MyPerspective wrote:
OMG. What did his parents do to deserve this end? Or is the kid just crazy?
They probably told him no for the first time in his life.
Semper Fi

San Jose, CA

#62 Aug 3, 2007
The problem is not guns in the house, its parents who don't "parent". If your going to keep a gun make sure everyone in the house knows the dangers and consequences of using it. Education is the key. You wouldn't give a 16 year old the keys to a car without proper training. And on top of that, if this kid was so sick that he would kill his parents with a gun, why wouldnt he stab them to death while they were sleeping? Or beat them with a bat? I guess it's easier to blame the inanimate object than to take responsibility for your actions. THAT has become the American way. Act like an irresponsible idiot and then blame the drugs, the school, or society. Wake up people.
somebodyhelpme

New Orleans, LA

#63 Aug 3, 2007
Ferdo wrote:
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With the climate in the streets these days [kids with guns killing each other, and all of the robberies going on] people need protection. I have been against guns for a long time but I am now considering one because almost every neighborhood in Ft. Lauderdale is surrounded by other areas full of thugs and trash and nothing is ever done about it. When the police catch one of them, then their whole neighborhood starts screaming "excessive force".
I would hate to see what would happen [looting, mugging, murder, and whaterve else you can imagine] if we had a bad Hurricane.
Seems like we had a bad hurricane 2 years ago. I don't remember any problems that required a gun.
Girl from Sunrise

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#64 Aug 3, 2007
What a sad world we have. Parents who kill their children; children who kill their parents. Rapist teens, rapist priests, pedophiles. The world as it is, deserves a nice deep cleansing. Where is Noah?
Tommy Chong

United States

#65 Aug 3, 2007
Ferdo wrote:
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How do you know the gun was in the home?
They found the gun in the family car, so it wasn't far from home.
smartass

Boca Raton, FL

#66 Aug 3, 2007
Ferdo wrote:
We need parents to teach their kids right from wrong! Sorry to say this but unless the kid was imbalanced, for which they should have sought help, the parents commited suicide.
Some kids just never listen, no matter how much you try to teach them, especially at that age. Most teenagers rebel.

“"Don't Worry. We'll Fix It!"”

Since: Jun 07

Boca Raton, FL

#67 Aug 3, 2007
Allison wrote:
And that - is why I refuse to have kids or teach school.
Allison, I applaud you! If you are too irresponsible and have so little faith in yourself as to be able to raise a child, then thank goodness you are not going to have one! And, with an attitude like tht, no one needs you in a classroom either.

Pay no attention to the shark's post, no matter how hysterical it is! I doubt you are an ounce over 349 lbs anyway!

“Erudite Gun Enthusiast”

Since: Jun 07

Weston, FL

#68 Aug 3, 2007
Blaming an inanimate object for a crime? Good, clear thinking. A gun has never committed a crime, never robbed a bank, killed a person or shot out a streetlight BY ITSELF. It is a machine, pure and simple. Car crashes kill more people than firearms in this country every single day.

Despite the anti-gun rhetoric a couple of folks have displayed here, the Brady Institute crud being spouted here has long since been debunked. Guns are used more than 2.5 million times per year for self-defense; mostly without ever being fired. Try reading the scientific data rather than the propaganda.
smartass

Boca Raton, FL

#71 Aug 3, 2007
pie wrote:
Who is ultimately responsible, everyone. Society that says every immoral act is ok, because everyone has rights. It is the parents fault for not raising the child properly and apparently leaving a handgun within reach of the boy. And it is your fault for not taking a stand on moral issues.:-)
We don't know yet where he got the gun, so we don't know if the parents left it within his reach. And as far as raising him properly, no one knows all of the right things and wrong things to do. Most people do what they think is best or right. Each person is an individual with their own personality and will from the day they are born. You can be super strict, and they will rebel, you can be too lenient and they will rebel.
net neutrality

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#73 Aug 3, 2007
Maybe it was the availablity of firearms and the lax attitude people that have these weapons have concerning their safe storage and accessibilty and lack of safety locks.
margo98

Miami, FL

#74 Aug 3, 2007
Daisy Duke wrote:
This is so sad. Firearms kept for the purpose of self-protection are most often used in domestic disputes or are stolen by criminals. The number of times they are actually used for the reason they are purchased is a very small percentage of the total events. Insignificant things seem like major crises to adolescents and the inability to reason beyond the moment sometimes leads to irrational behavior. Add to this the availability of a firearm and you have the possibility of this kind of disaster.
The ONLY reason for the existence of handguns is to kill PEOPLE. When that is recognized and accepted and the sale of handguns to the general public is halted, then there may be a drop in such senseless acts of violence. If you truly feel that having a gun is your only means of feeling safe in your home in the community in which you live you should 1.) move; 2.) buy an alarm system; 3.) buy a rifle if you truly feel you need force of that type. Oh, and here's a kicker - I've been a card carrying member of the NRA since I was 19.
Quien Sabia

United States

#75 Aug 3, 2007
who-me wrote:
how sad,,,what a violent place we have become. lets bring back flipper and andy of mayberry and father knows best,happyness for a change
Wow...... I'm from the dreaded, violent, decadent City of NY. I, too, wish with all my heart that there were a "Sherrif Andy, a Jim Anderson, a Florida Marshall that protects Dolphins, too. Yet, I survived the "mean streets of "West Side Story"! What's going on now is just the new era of extremely volatile teens/kids! What's the answer?
P.S. I still watch "Little House on the Prairie"......... Go ahead, I have given you all "food-for-fodder" to pick me apart!
signed, A Very Sad PR......
HMMM

United States

#76 Aug 3, 2007
I blame Dungeons and Dragons.

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