Do you have your guns locked up? Do you only bring them out when you have a very specific purpose, like target shooting at a range or hunting? Do you own fewer than a handful? Then you might be OK. I might look at you suspiciously, but I won’t actively despise you, like I do the obsessed gun-fondlers.
What brings on this peevishness is another dead kid. Nathan Clark, 13 years old, was attending a soccer tournament, and he went to bed in a hotel room. Next thing, his parents are desperately trying to resuscitate him and staunch the bleeding from a head wound.
Police quickly determined that Clark had been shot, and located Randall Louis Vater, who was in a nearby room and in possession of firearms. They said that Vater accidentally discharged his weapon, and that the round traveled through the wall and into Clark’s room, where it fatally struck him.
I also fucking hate that phrase, “accidentally discharged his weapon”. There was nothing accidental about it. He was intentionally carrying around a device with the purpose of killing, and it operated exactly as it was designed to do, throwing a metal slug at high velocity to punch holes in people.
I can’t even imagine how Nathan’s parents feel. And I have no sympathy at all for the Vater’s of the world.