16 y/o shoots two people.. 2nd Amendment issue?
I like watching the show "the First 48." For those of you who may not be acquainted with the particulars, it's a true crime homicide show detaining the first 48 hours of homicide investigations all over the US.
I watch them on Netflix usually while cleaning my kitchen because the narration allows me to listen more than watch.
Today's episode REALLY got under my skin.
A 16 year old kid hosts a party at his house. He is known to have drug and alcohol problems and he owes money to two people (a guy and his girlfriend) attending his party (presumably for drugs). He gets into their car with a shotgun and while the guy is driving he shoots him in the back of the head with a 12G and then shoots the girlfriend twice.
The car wrecks and he sustains a wound to the back of the head and takes off on foot with the shotgun.
Investigators go to the house and talk to the boys father who admits the boy pretty much has the run of the basement while the parents live upstairs. He says that he goes downstairs to wake his son up the morning after the murder and sees the blood and the wound on his head from the car accident. No mention if he actually questions his son about these things.
The NEXT morning he goes downstairs to wake his son up for work and the kid is gone.
Police obtain a search warrant and find bloody pillows and blankets and clothes in the basement along with shotgun shells and a cleaning kit. In the trunk of the parents' car they find the shotgun covered in blood.
In my irate disbelief to the carelessness of the parents I post on Facebook, "Where were the parents? ... Drugs? Alcohol? Partying? And this kid is allowed to have A SHOTGUN.. ?!?! Am I missing something here?"
The response I get is, "Yes! The 2nd Amendment!"
HOW IN THE WORLD is a 16 with drug and alcohol problems having access to a shotgun with which he murders two people a 2nd Amendment issue?
Does the 2nd Amendment surpass parental authority and the responsibility of a reasonable adult to keep firearms out of the hands of irresponsible hands?
My brother was allowed to keep firearms in his room while he was a teen. I had access to firearms as a teen (and younger, actually).. but I'd like to believe that if any of us became mixed up with dangerous friends or into questionable practices my parents would have restricted our access to said firearms and with good and legal reason.
I say this is a parental issue where responsible adults should have kept the shotgun out of the hands of their son. They should have been present for the party and made sure that access to the firearm was restricted from ALL of the party participants (including their son). The kid should never have had access to that shotgun with which to murder two people.
I do not believe the 2nd Amendment protects a MINOR'S right to keep arms. Thoughts?