It is appalling to me the hypocrisy floating around the media today regarding the shooting assaults and deaths of three children. The first instance was the situation in Kitsap County where a young child gained access to a weapon while at his mother’s house. This weapon was accidently discharged nearly killing a fellow classmate. The media went crazy talking about how severely this mother should be punished for allowing access to a weapon that nearly killed a young girl, and I say rightfully so. The hypocrisy begins when, a little more than a week later, a sheriff and his wife leave two children unattended in a vehicle with a loaded weapon. The older brother of the two gets this weapon and fires it, killing his sister. Instead of outrage the media rushes to support the officer. This officer and his wife are just as, if not more so at fault for their daughter’s death as the woman in Kitsap County is. In fact, they are more culpable due to the fact that 1. He is a trained law enforcement officer and should know the dangers of having a loaded weapon accessible by children. 2. He and his wife left their young children unattended in a vehicle….WITH A LOADED GUN. 3. But not for their negligent parenting and providing access to this weapon, their daughter would be alive. They should both be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law just like the woman in Kitsap County should be.
I believe in the right to bear arms. But this right should not be taken lightly. You have a duty to protect children from harm. You have a duty to store firearms in a place that cannot be accessed by children. Failure to prosecute this officer means that the laws of this State do not apply to them; that they get a special “get out of jail free” card for their unlawful behavior. It is time that we as citizens stand up and hold law enforcement accountable in the same way that they hold us accountable, and if they are unwilling to answer to the same laws they are sworn to protect than they should be removed from their position.